Automobile Detailer Salary

Men account for the majority of Automobile Detailers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $10.23 per hour. Earnings generally vary between $8.09 per hour and $14.78. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career length and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Around two in five enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one in five. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18,526 - $52,735

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$8.09 - $14.78

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,526 - $52,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
Commission
$739 - $7,400  
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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$17,159 - $35,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.09 - $14.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.89  
Overtime
$10.87 - $21.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,034  
   
Commission
$739 - $7,400  
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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$17,159 - $35,328  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 786
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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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Though some Automobile Detailers move into positions like Mechanical Engineer (where the average salary is $63K), this progression is not the norm. Automobile Detailers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $15K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automobile Detailer


Toyota Dealership offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $25K. The best-paid employees do manage to haul in approximately $46K, however.


Survey results imply that Automobile Detailers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in buffing, Wet Sanding, Customer Service, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. Employees educated in buffing are typically practiced in Cleaning, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Detailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Automobile Detailers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $22K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $28K on average.

Automobile Detailer Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Automobile Detailer in Toledo:
"Pay Attention."
The most important thing you can do is have a great eye for the smallest detail. It may seem as though no sees or appreciates what you are doing but hard work never goes unnoticed. Stress in a busy atmosphere is to be expected and there will be stress but don't let it overwhelm you things will become easier as you continue to get better at what you are doing.

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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

up arrow 13%

Wet Sanding
up arrow 9%

National Average
$24,000

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

headlight restoration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 55%
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