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Auto Detailer

Auto detailers clean and refresh the insides and outsides of vehicles.

Also Known As

Cleaner, Light Duty Cleaner, Upholstery Cleaner

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used.

Here is how this occupation has been classified over time.

2006 NOC

  • 6662.5: Vehicle Cleaners

2006 NOC-S

  • G932: Specialized Cleaners

2011 NOC

  • 6732: Specialized cleaners

2016 NOC

  • 6732: Specialized cleaners

2021 NOC

  • 65311: Specialized cleaners

2023 OaSIS

  • 65311.02: Chimney cleaners and sandblasters
Updated Mar 21, 2023

Auto detailers make cars and trucks look as good as possible. They do this for owners, dealerships, rental services, and insurance companies. Duties and methods vary. But in general, auto detailers:

  • Hand wash and wax vehicles
  • Apply rustproofing and undercoating
  • Clean the undercarriage, engine, tires, chrome and aluminum parts, upholstery, vinyl, and leather
  • Clean vents and other small places that gather dust using air compressors and other tools
  • Vacuum and shampoo carpets
  • Repair damage such as dents and scrapes
  • Apply finishes
  • Remove stains
  • Identify previous damage and possible selling points for the customer

Experienced auto detailers also may touch up chipped paint, tint windows, and repair or replace upholstery.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 21, 2023
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Auto detailing is repetitive. It is physically demanding and requires lifting heavy equipment such as polishers and buffers. It involves handling chemicals and working in environments that may contain allergens such as pet hair.

Depending on the company, this work may be seasonal in Alberta.

Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Vehicle Cleaners

2006 NOC: 6662.5

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group

Interest in operating specialized cleaning equipment


Interest in comparing to inspect surfaces for dust, dirt, grease and other deposits; and in cleaning the interior and exterior of vehicles


Interest in selecting appropriate vehicle cleaning equipment

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests


Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 21, 2023

Auto detailers should look clean and neat. They need:

  • The ability to lift and carry heavy equipment
  • The ability to stoop, kneel, crouch, and work in awkward positions for long periods of time
  • The ability to work around cleaning chemicals and perfumes
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literacy
  • The ability to operate the required machinery and equipment (such as drills, high heat steamers, carpet shampooers, and hot water extractors)

They should enjoy:

  • Using cleaning equipment
  • Taking a methodical approach to their work
  • Appreciating the results of their work


In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Specialized cleaners

2016 NOC: 6732

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 110 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Apr 29, 2024 and May 27, 2024.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Tasks: Operate cleaning machines
Tasks: Clean interior and exterior of motor vehicles
Experience: Will train
Attention to detail
Tasks: Wash and clean interior and exterior windows and other glass surfaces
Tasks: Provide customer service
Tasks: Vacuum floors
Tasks: Shampoo upholstery
Construction Specialization: Reliability
Construction Specialization: Flexibility
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 21, 2023
  • Minimum Education Less than high school

There are no standard education requirements for auto detailers. Employers most often prefer applicants who have a valid driver’s licence, a good driving record, related experience, and a high school diploma. Basic reading and math skills are needed. Computer literacy is an asset. Employers who cater to the trucking industry tend to require applicants to be licenced to drive certain types of trucks.

Auto detailers are trained on the job. They can take short courses offered by auto and car care product makers. They need to choose and use cleaning agents, solvents, and equipment that will get the job done without causing damage. They usually start with simpler tasks. They may take on more complex work as they learn more and get experience.

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 21, 2023
  • Certification Not Regulated

There is currently no provincial legislation regulating this occupation in Alberta.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 21, 2023

Auto detailers work at car washes, car dealerships, and shops that specialize in auto detailing.

Experienced auto detailers may move into related occupations, such as automobile accessories installer or auto body technician. They may advance to supervisory positions. Some auto detailers may start their own businesses.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 6732: Specialized cleaners occupational group, 75.8% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 6732: Specialized cleaners occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 2.5% from 2021 to 2025. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 169 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: 2021-2025 Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

There is a relatively high employment turnover rate in this occupation so demand for new workers is steady. However, there often are many applicants for vacant positions.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 21, 2023

Auto detailers may earn an hourly wage or be paid per job or vehicle.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Specialized cleaners

2016 NOC: 6732
Average Wage
Per Hour
Average Salary
Per Year
Average Hours
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

2021 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 6732 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

B: Good Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Good Reliability, represents a CV of between 6.01% and 15.00% and/or fewer than 30 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 50% of all estimated employment for the occupation.

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $15.00 $23.40 $16.97 $15.25
Overall $15.00 $29.00 $18.80 $16.73
Top $16.50 $34.02 $21.71 $19.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Transportation and Warehousing
Information, Culture, Recreation
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
Other Services (Repair, Personal Services and Related)
Public Administration

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
Vacancy Rate
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Trades, Industrial and Related Training

Updated Mar 21, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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