Automobile Detailer Salary

Men account for the majority of Automobile Detailers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $10.23 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.06 per hour, and the top verges on $14.69. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly two in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a third collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$17,002 - $57,153
(Median)
$17K
$30K
$57K
MEDIAN: $30,196
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$8.06 - $14.69
(Median)
$8
$10
$15
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$17,002 - $57,153  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
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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$17,002 - $35,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.06 - $14.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $4.90  
Overtime
$10.69 - $21.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,015  
   
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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$17,002 - $35,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 769
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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 who go on to become Mechanical Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Mechanical Engineers is $63K annually. Automobile Detailers most often move into positions as Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors; those groups report median salaries that are $15K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Offering a median of only $25K, Toyota Dealership pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $16K on the lower end and $46K on the higher end.


Job skills reported by Automobile Detailers are limited. Most notably, skills in buffing, Wet Sanding, headlight restoration, and Cleaning are correlated to pay that is above average. It is not unusual for someone who knows buffing to be familiar with Cleaning as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Detailer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $22K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $25K. Automobile Detailers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $27K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

up arrow 12%

Wet Sanding
up arrow 9%

National Average
$23,000

Cleaning
up arrow 1%

headlight restoration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 55%
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