Automobile Detailer Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Automobile Detailers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $10.13 per hour. Compensation starts at $7.93 per hour and can reach $14.53. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; 41 percent receive medical and dental insurance and 16 percent get vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Automobile Detailers is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Automobile Detailer Salary (?
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$16,961 - $60,487
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MEDIAN: $29,676
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Automobile Detailer Salary (?
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$7.93 - $14.53
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$16,961 - $60,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,756 - $34,294  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.93 - $14.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.74  
Overtime
$10.90 - $20.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$16,756 - $34,294  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 639
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Job Description for Automobile Detailer

Automobile detailers specialize in providing a thorough cleaning of an automobile's interior and exterior. Polishing, waxing, and vacuuming are common techniques used by auto detailers in an attempt to make a vehicle look as close to new as possible. They must provide care for windows, wheels, paint, rims, and interior upholstery. Detailers must have a good understanding of the various waxes, polishes, detergents, and degreasers they may be required to use on the job. Clay bars are often used to get rid of any embedded particles that other products cannot touch. Interior cleaning is usually done with a vacuum, but steam cleaners and brushes can also be used.
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Automobile Detailer Tasks
  • Clean and detail engine and engine compartment.
  • Touch up interior and exterior surfaces.
  • Clean and restore vehicle exterior and interior.
  • Examine vehicle for cosmetic defects.

Common Career Paths for Automobile Detailer

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Automobile Detailers' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Mechanical Engineer may get paid an extra $39K per year. It is quite typical for Automobile Detailers to transition into roles as Automotive Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors, where expected earnings are an additional $15,231 or $16,957 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Detailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Automobile Detailers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $21K range but grow to $25K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $27K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and Automobile Detailers who have made it this far report earning around $27K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Pittsburgh
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Buffalo
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National Average
$23,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Automobile Detailers, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 32 percent above the national average. Automobile Detailers will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+16 percent) and Lancaster (+14 percent).

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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$23,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

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Cleaning
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
8%
female alumni
 
Male
92%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 55%
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