Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment

risk level
Based on 38 votes
by year 2032
or $14.90 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

87% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions

  • Assisting and Caring for Others

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

57% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 87% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

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Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment' job openings is expected to rise 5.8% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Very low paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment' was $31,000, or $14 per hour

'Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment' were paid 33.1% lower than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 359,530 people employed as 'Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment' within the United States.

This represents around 0.24% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 411 people are employed as 'Cleaners of Vehicles and Equipment'.

Job description

Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

SOC Code: 53-7061.00


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qqqqqq (Low) says
My first job was as a kid at a car wash. Sure, it's really easy work, but I think there does need to be some amount of human judgement to go into it.
Dec 23, 2023 at 03:39 AM
adam (Low) says
Too much cost involved in automation, repairs to robot replacements
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:27 PM
Rohan (Low) says
Since, this work requires manual labour, robots may find it hard to take over this job!
May 06, 2020 at 02:21 AM
Simon Prescott (Uncertain) says
I am a car detailer and I think half of the job is completed by an automated car wash
Aug 25, 2019 at 05:23 PM
Joe says
You got games on your phone, how many cars have you got?
Dec 16, 2021 at 04:34 PM

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