Car Detailers wash and clean exteriors and interiors of motor vehicles, and touch up paint work, glass and upholstery to prepare them for sale or rent.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • washing, drying, polishing and waxing vehicle exteriors
  • vacuuming vehicle interiors, and drycleaning carpets and upholstery
  • applying cleaning agents to remove stains from vehicle interiors
  • washing tyres and wheel arches, and blackening tyres
  • washing and polishing vehicle windows
  • emptying and cleaning compartments in vehicles
  • may make minor repairs and touch up finishes to remove scratches

Job Titles

  • Car or Vehicle Detailer

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $701 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      stable
    • Skill Level

      High School or Certificate I
    • Employment Size

      15800
    • Unemployment

      above average
    • Male Share

      93.2%
    • Female Share

      6.8%
    • Full-Time Share

      58.3%

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    This is a medium sized occupation employing 15,800 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
    Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Car Detailers work in most parts of Australia.
    • They mainly work in: Other Services; Retail Trade; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
    • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $701 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 32 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 3 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
    • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200515600
    200614100
    200716000
    200818900
    200915000
    201018300
    201117100
    201217200
    201320200
    201414500
    201515800
    202015800

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsCar DetailersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings7011230

    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryCar DetailersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time58.368.4
    Part-time41.731.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)3840

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services45
    Retail Trade28.2
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services12.7
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing7.6
    Other Industries6.5

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateCar DetailersAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.931.8
    VIC30.225.5
    QLD19.819.8
    SA6.46.8
    WA13.711.2
    TAS3.22
    NT0.81.1
    ACT0.91.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketCar DetailersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-197.2-5.45.4
    20-2425.9-9.99.9
    25-3422.3-23.423.4
    35-4414.3-21.721.7
    45-5419-21.121.1
    55-593.1-8.78.7
    60-645.4-5.95.9
    65 and Over2.8-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryCar DetailersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males93.2Males53.6
    Females6.8Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationCar DetailersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV14.8-18.918.9
    Year 1226.5-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 1026.5-17.717.7
    Below Year 1032.1-8.18.1

    A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
    Around one in three workers have Years 11 and 10 as their highest level of education.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Car Detailers who are reliable, hardworking and trustworthy.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Customer and Personal Service

      66% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    2. Transportation

      59% Important

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    3. Administration and Management

      57% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

    4. English Language

      56% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    5. Public Safety and Security

      55% Important

      Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Getting Information

      70% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    2. Performing General Physical Activities

      70% Important

      Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

    3. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

      67% Important

      Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

    4. Handling and Moving Objects

      60% Important

      Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

    5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

      60% Important

      Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

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