I know the head painter at my local Ford dealer makes over a hundred grand a year. Bodymen are closer to $70,000 a year. I've been semi-retired for the last 8 years and most of the paint work I do is for myself these days. Glad to be out of production painting.

to be honest I get a little more paranoid with each paintjob spraying iso hardened paint. After close to 50 years painting professionally it's bound to catch up with you sooner or later. I turn a lot of customer work away. I don't need it to pay the bills anymore.