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Automobile Detailer Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Automobile Detailers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $10.18 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.96 per hour and $14.59. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automobile Detailers. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while just under one in three get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-sixth. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Automobile Detailer Salary (?
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$17,086 - $54,296
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,590
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Automobile Detailer Salary (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$7.96 - $14.59
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,086 - $54,296  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,001  
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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$16,846 - $34,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 113
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $14.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.81  
Overtime
$10.93 - $21.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,001  
   
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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$16,846 - $34,536  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 660
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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 who go on to become Mechanical Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Mechanical Engineers is $62K annually. When Automobile Detailers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors. Those roles pay an additional $15K and $17K, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Automobile Detailers usually report a few specific skills. Buffing and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know buffing also know Cleaning.

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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $22K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $25K. Automobile Detailers bring in $27K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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Los Angeles
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Columbus
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Pittsburgh
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Lancaster
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Buffalo
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National Average
$23,000
Richmond
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San Antonio
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Automobile Detailers will find that Atlanta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 45 percent. Automobile Detailers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+32 percent), Columbus (+22 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), and Lancaster (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Automobile Detailer's salary, with San Antonio Automobile Detailers earning salaries that are 22 percent less than the national average.

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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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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 134 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: 42% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 55%