Automobile Detailer Salary

An Automobile Detailer earns an average wage of $10.94 per hour. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are headlight restoration, polishing, Paint Correction, and Wet Sanding.
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$17,512 - $56,033
$18K
$33K
$56K
MEDIAN: $32,818
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50%
90%

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$8.67 - $15.23
$8
$11
$15
MEDIAN: $10.94
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,512 - $56,033  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $8,672  
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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$18,564 - $38,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.67 - $15.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13 - $5.17  
Overtime
$12.39 - $22.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$206.08 - $8,672  
   
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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$18,564 - $38,426  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,045

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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Detailer

Pay by Experience for an Automobile Detailer has a positive trend. An entry-level Automobile Detailer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $23,000 based on 755 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automobile Detailer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $27,000 based on 315 salaries. An experienced Automobile Detailer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 252 salaries. An Automobile Detailer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 104 salaries.

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 169 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

▲25%

▲19%

▲8%

National Average
$25,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

headlight restoration
▲29%

Paint Correction
▲20%

polishing
▲20%

▲16%

Washing
▲10%

▲9%

buffer
▲6%



National Average
$25,000

detailing
▼2%

▼3%

Detail
▼3%

wet sand
▼3%

Waxing
▼8%

detailer
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 169 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 32%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 54%
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