Automobile Detailer Salary

Automobile Detailers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $10.40 per hour. Pay generally varies between $8.21 per hour and $14.98. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though years of experience and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Automobile Detailers is high. More than two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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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 (?
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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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It's not very common for Automobile Detailers to move on to become Mechanical Engineers. Average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $63K annually. 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 $14K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automobile Detailer


The pay scale is far from balanced at Toyota Dealership. While salaries on one end can reach $46K, the company's median pay sits at $25K, the lowest in the field.


Automobile Detailers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in buffing, Wet Sanding, attention to detail, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like headlight restoration. 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.


For Automobile Detailers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. Automobile Detailers bring in $28K after working for 10 to 20 years. Automobile Detailers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $29K on average.

Automobile Detailer Reviews

What is it like working as an Automobile Detailer?

Automobile Detailer in Greensboro:
"More responsibility given."
Pros: Extensive travel allows me to work in places I might not get to visit on my own.
Cons: My compensation has not increased with my job responsibility.

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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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