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 $10.88 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — a little over a half lack coverage. On the flip side, just over two-fifths have medical insurance and approximately one-third receive dental plans. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Automobile Detailers — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$18,151 - $58,118
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MEDIAN: $33,803
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$8.60 - $15.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$18,151 - $58,118  
   
Bonus
$193.92 - $6,234  
Profit Sharing
$200.00  
Commission
$-0.50 - $32,966  
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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$18,430 - $38,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.60 - $15.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.12 - $5.56  
Overtime
$12.26 - $22.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$193.92 - $6,234  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $32,966  
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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$18,430 - $38,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,075

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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 restore vehicle exterior and interior.
  • Examine vehicle for cosmetic defects.
  • Clean and detail engine and engine compartment.
  • Touch up interior and exterior surfaces.

Common Career Paths for Automobile Detailer


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Though not the most common occurrence, Automobile Detailers sometimes become Mechanical Engineers, where the average income is $64K per year. Typical career progression for an Automobile Detailer involves becoming an Automotive Mechanic or an Automobile Service Advisor, roles that pay $14K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automobile Detailer


CarMax, Inc., Toyota Dealership, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Gerber Collision and Glass, and JD Byrider are among the top companies that take on many Automobile Detailers. Although CarMax, Inc. heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $27K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $17K to $49K.

Popular Skills for Automobile Detailer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Lucky workers who know Paint Correction can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 23 percent above average. Headlight Restoration and polishing are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 21 percent and 23 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like detailer and Waxing. Experience with buffing is often linked with knowledge of 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $23K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $27K. Automobile Detailers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $29K. 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 $31K.

Automobile Detailer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Automobile Detailer?

Automobile Detailer in Lake City:
"Piecework can be slave wages."
Pros: Independent working environment, opportunity to make your check larger with work ethic.
Cons: Low paying piecework for some vehicles. As low as $3 for a "service wash" that the company charges $9 for. Takes roughly 40 minutes to get it done right. Involves a full outside body wash and dry, with a topical quick inside vaccuming. Bug removal, and door jambs/windows. Company charges big for certain jobs, but pays the employee barely a third of the profit for all of the work.

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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Key Stats for Automobile Detailer

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.
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Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

Paint Correction
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polishing
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headlight restoration
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Wet Sanding
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Washing
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buffer
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attention to detail
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National Average
$25,000

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Waxing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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