Automobile Detailer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Automobile Detailers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $10.40 per hour nationwide. Earnings generally vary between $8.21 per hour and $14.98. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-fifth. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$18,228 - $53,249
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$53K
MEDIAN: $31,485
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$8.21 - $14.98
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$18,228 - $53,249  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Commission
$4,800  
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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$17,578 - $36,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 152
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.21 - $14.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.87  
Overtime
$11.45 - $21.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,032  
   
Commission
$4,800  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
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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$17,578 - $36,672  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 990
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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 it's uncommon, some Automobile Detailers move into roles as Mechanical Engineers, where pay is an average $63K per year. It is quite typical for Automobile Detailers to transition into roles as Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors, where reported median earnings are $14K and $16K higher per year.

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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 show that Automobile Detailers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in buffing, Wet Sanding, attention to detail, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include headlight restoration. Buffing and Cleaning are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Detailer

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


Automobile Detailers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $22K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $26K. For Automobile Detailers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $29K.

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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$24,000


Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

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Wet Sanding
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Customer Service
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attention to detail
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National Average
$24,000

Cleaning
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headlight restoration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 174 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
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 30%
medical benefits
Vision: 20%
dental benefits
None: 53%
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