How to Make Your Next Car Wash Attendant Hire

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Last updated at 09-16-2020 19:43:15



More than 3,821 companies advertise 23,533 Car Wash Attendant 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 Car Wash Attendant most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 8,416 job posts from 1,944 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 71.5% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 77 Car Wash Attendant job seekers for every active Car Wash Attendant job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Warehouse Worker, Delivery Driver, Retail Sales Associate, Car Wash Attendant, Customer Service Representative, Laborer, Crew Member, Automotive Detailer, Sales Associate, and Cleaner seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Car Wash Attendant candidates in the United States. This differs from the last six quarters, where the most popular titles were: Warehouse Worker, Delivery Driver, Retail Sales Associate, Customer Service Representative, Car Wash Attendant, Laborer, Crew Member, Sales Associate, Cashier, and Automotive Detailer. 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 Car Wash Attendant candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 53.1% of the active Car Wash Attendant candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 24.1% have between 3-5 years of experience, 14.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 8.3% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 3.8 years to 3.7 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 customer service, communication skills, car wash, English, mechanical knowledge, computer skills, detailing, management, Microsoft Excel, and supervising experience. Demand for English, car wash, management, time management, sales, communication skills, mechanical knowledge, computer skills, customer service, and detailing has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Car Wash Attendant with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.2 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 51.7% 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 20.0%.

Example Car Wash Attendant responsibilities

  • Wipe down windows, wheels, tires, and the body of cars
  • Clean the interiors of vehicles
  • Clean out trunks
  • Quickly launder wash mops and towels
  • Windex car windows


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 Car Wash Attendant positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, and Illinois are the states that have the highest demand for Car Wash Attendants. Texas, Florida, California, Georgia, and Illinois are where most job seekers are searching for Car Wash Attendant jobs. If we look at the Car Wash Attendant to job ratio, Maine, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Arizona have the lowest number of Car Wash Attendant applicants per job. Hawaii, West Virginia, Louisiana, Delaware, and Vermont have the most active Car Wash Attendant 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 646,826 job seekers interested in Car Wash Attendant opportunities in the United States. That’s a 56.0% increase compared to the previous quarter with 414,606 active job seekers. Around 53.1% of the active Car Wash Attendant candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 24.1% have between 3-5 years of experience, 14.4% have 6-10 years of experience, and 8.3% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Car Wash Attendant candidates is 3.7 years. Active candidates in the Car Wash Attendant 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 Car Wash Attendant 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 3,047 Car Wash Attendants from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Mister Car Wash, Tidal Wave Auto Spa, Zips Car Wash, Enterprise Holdings, The Wash Tub, CAR WASH, UPS, Fabulous Freddy's, Mercedes-Benz, and Mr. C's Car Wash.

After analyzing post-interview data from Car Wash Attendant candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 70.7% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 95.9% 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 Car Wash Attendant candidates are expecting a on-site interview, background check, phone call/screening, and they have no interview. Most employers do not require a group interview or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Car Wash Attendant quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 74.0% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 58% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • Are you good with your hands?
  • What do you like about working at [company]?
  • What's the most difficult part of your job?
  • Where do you want to be in five to ten years?

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 Car Wash Attendant salary offered by employers increased for 4 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 3% from $46,678.37 to $47,957.54 compared to the quarter before, which is on par with the past 6 quarters. For Car Wash Attendant positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: discounts by 68.5%, healthcare insurance by 32.6%, dental insurance by 28.3%, paid time off by 27.2%, a 401k plan by 22.8%, vision insurance by 22.8%, and stock options/grants by 2.2%. 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 Car Wash Attendant candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 18.0% of the employers conducted a background check, and 11.1% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Car Wash Attendant candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Car Wash Attendant, 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 a Car Wash Attendant candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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