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Automobile Detailer Salary

Men account for the majority of Automobile Detailers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $10.21 per hour. Pay ranges from $8.03 per hour on the low end to $14.62 on the high end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while slightly less than a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in six. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,590 - $58,012
(Median)
$18K
$31K
$58K
MEDIAN: $30,516
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$8.03 - $14.62
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$17,590 - $58,012  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,027  
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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$16,988 - $35,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $14.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.93  
Overtime
$10.83 - $21.15  
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 - $1,027  
   
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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$16,988 - $35,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 722

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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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At the upper end, Automobile Detailers who move into a Mechanical Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Mechanical Engineers is a much higher $63K per year. Automobile Detailers most often move into positions as Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors; those groups report median salaries that are $15K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automobile Detailer


Toyota Dealership offers the smallest salaries in town — $25K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $16K to $46K) creates a rather varied pay scale.


Automobile Detailers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in buffing, Wet Sanding, Cleaning, and headlight restoration are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


For Automobile Detailers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $22K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $25K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $27K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

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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
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

up arrow 14%

Wet Sanding
up arrow 9%

National Average
$23,000

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

headlight restoration
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 55%
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