What does an Auto Detailer do?

Detailers provide interior and exterior cleaning services to automobiles. They are responsible for anything from a simple wash and vacuum to a more extensive cleaning job that could include hand-washing a vehicle, steaming and deodorizing interiors, waxing, polishing, or applying protective agents to a car. Detailers operate machinery, including buffers, steamers, hoses, vacuums, and other equipment to meet service expectations. They use cleaning, protective, and restorative agents to maintain and enhance a vehicle’s appearance.

Detailers perform inspections and keep complete and accurate records of the vehicle’s condition. They move and park the cars, deliver them to correct locations, and sometimes pick owners and drivers up. Detailers manage inventory and record supplies and need a high school diploma or equivalent in a valid state driver's license with a clean driving record. They also need successful completion of automotive tech or other training programs alongside attention to detail and excellent customer service, interpersonal, and communication skills.

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Auto Detailer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$25,313 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $25K
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Auto Detailer Career Path

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Auto Detailer Insights

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Mike's CarwashMike's Carwash
Wash Associate
Feb 17, 2021

“3. Corporate acts like this job’s pay is amazing...spoiler alert: it’s not.”

Carstar StrongsvilleCarstar Strongsville
Car Detailer
Jan 4, 2021

“Great people work there but the owners don't even know whats going on daily.”

Detailer Engineer
Mar 18, 2021

“It's definitely a good place to start your career and has predictable working hours which is rare in this field.”

Teph SealTeph Seal
Detail Manager
Aug 15, 2021

“Not really any I can think of other than if you’re a manager you can decide your schedule but then again not really.”

Sell and ParkerSell and Parker
Jan 16, 2020

“pay was decent but not worth it”

Car SpaCar Spa
Car Detailer
Nov 5, 2020

“Good pay but not worth it”

Auto Detailer
Aug 7, 2021

“Management is young and i know the job better than them.”

Dhruva Interactive
Vehicle Artist
Sep 4, 2021

“Lots titles to work and good decipline working culture.”

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