How to Make Your Next Automotive Detailer Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 20:10:29



More than 6,458 companies advertise 26,333 Automotive Detailer jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Automotive Detailer most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 10,231 job posts from 3,310 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 120.6% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 60 Automotive Detailer job seekers for every active Automotive Detailer job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Delivery Driver, Automotive Detailer, Warehouse Worker, Laborer, Customer Service Representative, Retail Sales Associate, Driver, Detailer, Car Wash Attendant, and Cleaner seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Automotive Detailer candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Automotive Detailer candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 33.8% of the active Automotive Detailer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 27.6% have between 3-5 years of experience, 22.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 16.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 6.3 years to 6.1 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include detailing, customer service, communication skills, English, buffing, manual transmission, car wash, computer literacy, time management, and auto body repair. Demand for customer service, detailing, and communication skills has significantly increased. If you are looking for an Automotive Detailer with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.0 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 59.8% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 0.0%.

Example Automotive Detailer responsibilities

  • Mix chemicals and paint to obtain an appropriate color
  • Apply paints and polishes to the car
  • Perform general clean up of interior and exterior surfaces of vehicle
  • Clean up, repair, and replace parts on damaged cars
  • Document the condition of the vehicle before and after you work on it (assists in future estimates)


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Automotive Detailer positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, California, and North Carolina are the states that have the highest demand for Automotive Detailers. Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania are where most job seekers are searching for Automotive Detailer jobs. If we look at the Automotive Detailer to job ratio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Arizona, and Rhode Island have the lowest number of Automotive Detailer applicants per job. Hawaii, Oklahoma, Nevada, West Virginia, and Louisiana have the most active Automotive Detailer job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 617,150 job seekers interested in Automotive Detailer opportunities in the United States. That’s a 87.9% increase compared to the previous quarter with 328,433 active job seekers. Around 33.8% of the active Automotive Detailer candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 27.6% have between 3-5 years of experience, 22.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 16.1% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Automotive Detailer candidates is 6.1 years. Active candidates in the Automotive Detailer profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Automotive Detailer candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have less negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll have a greater selection of candidates to choose from and may want to invest in automated screening tools.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 3,372 Automotive Detailers from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Enterprise Holdings, Avis Budget Group, CarMax, Caliber Collision, Cars Recon, Inc, Manheim Auto Auctions, Hertz/Dollar Rent A Car, Teph Seal Auto Appearance, The Hertz Corporation, and Adesa Auto Auction.

After analyzing post-interview data from Automotive Detailer candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 72.0% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 95.8% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Automotive Detailer candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and drug test. Most employers do not require a they have no interview, group interview, or presentation. If you are trying to hire your next Automotive Detailer quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 69.7% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 55% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What kind of car do you own?
  • What is your availability to work?
  • How many cars can you wash in a day?
  • What kind of training do you need to be a car washer?
  • How many times have you been trained on the proper way to wash a car?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Automotive Detailer salary offered by employers increased for 2 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 13% from $34,264.94 to $38,835.98 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest increase in the past 6 quarters. For Automotive Detailer positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: discounts by 53.1%, healthcare insurance by 45.8%, dental insurance by 40.8%, paid time off by 39.7%, vision insurance by 31.3%, a 401k plan by 25.7%, and stock options/grants by 3.9%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including paternity leave, somewhat remote, maternity leave, sabbaticals, flexible working hours, location variety, fully remote, and mostly remote, to attract and retain Automotive Detailer candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 22.6% of the employers conducted a background check, and 16.0% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Automotive Detailer candidates.


When you’re ready to hire an Automotive Detailer, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move an Automotive Detailer candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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