How to become a Car Wash Attendant

Car wash attendants wash, scrub and polish the exteriors of vehicles. They may also vacuum seats and carpets and clean door trims and hinges in the interior of vehicles.

Personal requirements of a Car Wash Attendant

  • Enjoy practical work
  • An eye for detail
  • Able to work without supervision
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job

Education & Training for a Car Wash Attendant

You can work as a car wash attendant without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. You can also become a car wash attendant through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

You are usually required to have a drivers licence to be a car wash attendant.

Duties & Tasks of a Car Wash Attendant

Car wash attendants:

  • vacuum, clean and maintain vehicle interiors, including dashboards, consoles, carpet and car seats
  • clean door trims and hinges
  • wash and polish vehicle exteriors and blacken tyres
  • drive vehicles through automatic car washes.

Employment Opportunities for a Car Wash Attendant

Car wash attendants are employed in car dealerships (new and used), service stations, collision repair businesses, vehicle rental firms, bus and truck depots, and car wash and detailing businesses. Opportunities are also available for self-employment.


Vehicle Detailer

A vehicle detailer undertakes the tasks of a car wash attendant and also cleans engines and underbodies, treating them with rust-proofing chemicals. They also repair minor surface rust stains and make minor repairs to scratched or chipped paintwork. A vehicle detailer rejuvenates dull paintwork on older vehicles.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.9%

NSW NSW 27.4%

NT NT 1.6%


SA SA 10.2%

TAS TAS 3.9%

VIC VIC 28.5%

WA WA 9.5%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 90.5%

Female 9.5%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 32.1%

Not completed Year 12: 26.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 26.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 14.8%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 11.1%

20-24 - 16.6%

25-34 - 30.6%

35-44 - 13.1%

45-54 - 14.8%

55-59 - 6.6%

60-64 - 3.8%

65 and Over - 3.3%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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