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.

Also known as: Vehicle Detailer.

You can work as a Car Detailer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in automotive body repair technology might be helpful.

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

All Car Detailers

  • $868 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
  • 15,900 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 61% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 12% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Car Detailers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 15,900 in 2018 to 15,500 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 12,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,400 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
  • Location: Car Detailers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $868 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (61%, similar to the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (25%).
  • Gender: 12% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200817800
200917700
201016500
201117400
201217600
201318700
201415400
201518900
201615600
201716000
201815900
202315500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings8681460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services47.2
Retail Trade31.4
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services8.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing4.5
Other Industries8.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCar DetailersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.831.6
VIC23.325.6
QLD24.420.0
SA8.37.0
WA11.410.8
TAS2.62.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.31.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCar DetailersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-198.7-5.05.0
20-2415.9-9.39.3
25-3423.2-22.922.9
35-4418.6-22.022.0
45-5418.0-21.621.6
55-597.2-9.09.0
60-645.3-6.06.0
65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate1.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.9-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV17.8-21.121.1
Year 1228.6-18.118.1
Year 119.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below32.0-12.512.5

You can work as a Car Detailer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in automotive body repair technology might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and personal service

    43% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  2. Education and training

    41% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Transportation

    40% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and management

    39% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Mechanical

    35% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and 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.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    92% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Spend time standing

    91% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  3. Time pressure

    88% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  4. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    87% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    84% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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