This study investigated the psychometric properties of eight pain intensity measures used with chronic low back pain patients. All measures were similar in terms of scale distribution and rates of incorrect responses, with all scales apart from the Pain Rating Index significantly correlated. Principal axis factoring of data from 92 patients indicated the presence of one general factor on which all pain intensity measures except the Pain Rating Index loaded. The 101-point Numeric Rating Scale and the Box Scale had the strongest relationship, with loadings of 0.90. The Numeric Rating Scale and the Box Scale appear to be the scales of choice for the measurement of pain intensity in the low back pain patient.