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

    • $701 Weekly Pay
    • 16,800 workers Employment Size
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • Higher unemployment Unemployment
    • 66.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 37.6 hours Average full-time
    • 31 years Average age
    • 9.5% female Gender Share

    The number of Car Detailers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
    from 16,800 in 2017 to 16,700 by 2022.
    There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
    • Location: Car Detailers work in most regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (66%, similar to the all jobs average of 68.4%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 37.6 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 31 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (27.7%).
    • Gender: 9.5% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200714500
    200817800
    200917700
    201016500
    201117300
    201217500
    201318600
    201415000
    201518700
    201616000
    201716800
    202216700

    Weekly Earnings

    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

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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 Services50.9
    Retail Trade27.5
    Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services12.6
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.6
    Other Industries6.4

    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 2017, 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
    NSW27.431.6
    VIC28.526.2
    QLD18.019.7
    SA10.26.7
    WA9.510.8
    TAS3.92.0
    NT1.61.1
    ACT0.91.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
    15-1911.1-5.25.2
    20-2416.6-9.99.9
    25-3430.6-23.623.6
    35-4413.1-21.721.7
    45-5414.8-20.820.8
    55-596.6-8.88.8
    60-643.8-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.3-4.04.0

    Education Level

    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.

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
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    Employers look for Car Detailers who are reliable, hardworking and trustworthy.

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    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

    These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

    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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    The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 53-7061.00 - Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment.

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