Automobile Detailer Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Automobile Detailers in the in the United States, bringing in about $10.13 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.93 per hour on the low end to $14.53 on the high end. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. 41 percent report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a third collect dental insurance. The majority of Automobile Detailers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Automobile Detailer Salary (?
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$16,961 - $60,487
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $29,676
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Automobile Detailer Salary (?
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$7.93 - $14.53
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$16,961 - $60,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
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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$16,756 - $34,294  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.93 - $14.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.74  
Overtime
$10.90 - $20.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,008  
   
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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$16,756 - $34,294  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 639
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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 may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Mechanical Engineer may bring in a lot more money — an additional $39K annually. Automobile Detailers typically move into roles as Automotive Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors, where they can expect an extra $15,231 or $16,957 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Detailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Automobile Detailers with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $21K to $25K. Salary comes to $27K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries grow more slowly as Automobile Detailers approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $27K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Pittsburgh
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Lancaster
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Buffalo
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National Average
$23,000
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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Automobile Detailers, 32 percent higher than the national average. Automobile Detailers will also find cushy salaries in Pittsburgh (+16 percent) and Lancaster (+14 percent).

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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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 125 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: 41% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 55%
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