$32,137
Avg. Salary
$11.34
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,003

Bonus

$600

Profit Sharing

$4,000

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Automobile Detailer is $11.34 per hour.

The average pay for an Automobile Detailer is $32,137 per year.

10%
$8.88
10%
$11.34
50%
$15.44
90%
90%
MEDIAN $11.34
10%
$15k
10%
$32k
50%
$59k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $32,137
$15,067 - $58,645
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$32K
$59K
MEDIAN: $32,137
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$8.88 - $15.44
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$0$58K
Salary $15,067 - $58,645
Bonus $125 - $5,600
Profit Sharing $600
Commission $511 - $12,080
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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$18,806 - $39,410
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 297
Hourly Data $0$22
Hourly Rate $8.88 - $15.44
Hourly Tips $0.13 - $4.98
Overtime $12.89 - $22.40
Annual Data $0$39K
Bonus $125 - $5,600
Commission $511 - $12,080
Profit Sharing $600
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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$18,806 - $39,410
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,914

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Automobile Detailer


Automobile Detailers flock to CarMax, Inc., Toyota Dealership, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Co, Gerber Collision and Glass, and JD Byrider, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. The biggest paychecks can be found at CarMax, Inc. — the median salary there is $28K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $17K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $50K.

Common Career Paths for Automobile Detailer


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Though it's uncommon, some Automobile Detailers move into roles as Mechanical Engineers, where pay is an average $64K per year. Automobile Detailers most often move into positions as Auto Mechanics or Automobile Service Advisors; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

Automobile Detailer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Automobile Detailer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with headlight restoration, polishing, and Paint Correction are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include detailer, Waxing, and wet sand. Buffing and Cleaning are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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 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.

Automobile Detailer in Stillwater:
"The pay never gets any better."

Automobile Detailer in Medford:
"Stay focused."
The one thing that helps me more than anything else when I'm working is staying focused. For me that involves putting in my headphones and zoning out, getting the job done in a good time.

Automobile Detailer in Nelliston:
Pros: The people I work with.
Cons: Not enough money for the work that's provided.

Automobile Detailer in Phx:
"It's ok I guess."
Pros: When there's nothing to do.
Cons: Always labor.

Automobile Detailer in Thorndale:
"Lack of communication."
Be honest about your skill level, be open to new ways of getting to a common goal.take the time to ask if your unsure and take peide in your work. Respect yourself and others.

Automobile Detailer in Westminster:
"Life of a detailer."
Pros: I love being around cars.
Cons: The money isn't good enough.

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Key Stats for Automobile Detailer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 402 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Experience Affects Automobile Detailer Salaries

▲22%

▲17%

▲6%

National Average
$25,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Automobile Detailer Salaries

headlight restoration
▲26%

Paint Correction
▲18%

polishing
▲18%

▲14%

Washing
▲8%

▲7%

buffer
▲4%


National Average
$25,000


▼4%

detailing
▼4%

Detail
▼5%

wet sand
▼5%

Waxing
▼9%

detailer
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 402 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 25%
no benefits
None: 55%