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Automobile Detailer Salary (United States)

Most Automobile Detailers in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $10.13 per hour,. Pay generally varies between $7.93 per hour and $14.53. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Around two in five enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in six. The majority of Automobile Detailers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
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
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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  
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  
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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For Automobile Detailers, career progression to a Mechanical Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Mechanical Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $62K annually. Automobile Detailers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors. The median paychecks in those roles are $15K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Automobile Detailers report a narrow range of specific skills. Buffing and Cleaning are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Buffing and Cleaning are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $21K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $25K. On average, Automobile Detailers make $27K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $27K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a majority land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than a fifth 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.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Pittsburgh
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Buffalo
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National Average
$23,000
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Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Automobile Detailers in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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

buffing
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Cleaning
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National Average
$23,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
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%