Automobile Detailer Salary

Men make up the majority of Automobile Detailers in the United States, bringing in about $10.20 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.99 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $14.59. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of Automobile Detailers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly two-fifths, and just under a third earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$17,451 - $56,629
(Median)
$17K
$30K
$57K
MEDIAN: $30,197
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$7.99 - $14.59
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$17,451 - $56,629  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
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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$16,904 - $35,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.99 - $14.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.94  
Overtime
$10.75 - $21.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,014  
   
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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$16,904 - $35,077  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 700

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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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For Automobile Detailers, progressing to a Mechanical Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Mechanical Engineer can earn $62K annually. Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors are common next-step roles for Automobile Detailers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Auto Mechanics is $15K higher on average, and it's $17K higher for Automobile Service Advisors.

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Automobile Detailers report a focused set of job skills. Buffing and Wet Sanding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 15 percent and 9 percent, respectively. 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.


Automobile Detailers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $22K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $25K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automobile Detailers bring in $27K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

up arrow 15%

Wet Sanding
up arrow 9%

National Average
$23,000

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
19%
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%