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.
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Car Detailer.
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
Informal or on-the-job
The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:
- is expected to grow moderately
- is likely to reach 15,400 by 2026.
Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.
Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.
Number of Workers
Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Earnings and hours
Around 61% of people employed as Car Detailers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 5 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 41 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Median full-time earnings are $822 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):
- 3 in 4 workers earn more than $772
- 1 in 4 earn more than $950
Median hourly earnings are $22, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).
Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.
Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
|Earnings||Car Detailers||All Jobs Average|
Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, 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.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Car Detailers||All Jobs Average|
Around 46% of Car Detailers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland has a large share of employment relative to its population size.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Car Detailers is 36 years. This is younger than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.
Females make up 12% of the workforce. This is 36 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Car Detailers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.1||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not usually required to work as a Car Detailer.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Automotive Retail, Service and Repair VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Car Detailers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||1.4||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||32.0||12.5|
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.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Car Detailers who are reliable, hardworking and trustworthy.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
41%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
37%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
30%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Talking to others.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Reading work related information.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
25%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Fixing machines or systems.
23%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Looking for ways to help people.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
43%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
41%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
39%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
35%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
32%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
28%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
26%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
24%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
23%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
23%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
20%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
17%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Decide which thing is closer or further away from you, or decide how far away it is.
Communicate by speaking.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
34%Whole body coordination
Move your arms, legs, and body together.
See details that are far away.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
32%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Exercise for a long time without getting winded or out of breath.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
49%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
48%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
41%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
38%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
36%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
34%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
34%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
33%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
33%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
31%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
30%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
28%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
26%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
26%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
25%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
25%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
25%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
22%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
21%Scheduling work and activities
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
20%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
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.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Talk with people face-to-face.
91%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Work to strict deadlines.
87%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
84%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
79%Walking and running
Spend time walking and running.
79%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
78%Outdoors, exposed to weather
Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.
Work with people in a group or team.
75%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.
75%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
72%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
72%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
72%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
72%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
71%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
68%Responsible for outcomes
Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.
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