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What You Need to Know About Vehicle and Equipment Cleaner

Example of Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner Job Wash or otherwise clean vehicles, machinery, and other equipment. Use such materials as water, cleaning agents, brushes, cloths, and hoses.

Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner Responsibilities

  • Drive vehicles to or from workshops or customers' workplaces or homes.
  • Pre-soak or rinse machine parts, equipment, or vehicles by immersing objects in cleaning solutions or water, manually or using hoists.
  • Fit boot spoilers, side skirts, or mud flaps to cars.
  • Lubricate machinery, vehicles, or equipment or perform minor repairs or adjustments, using hand tools.
  • Turn valves or disconnect hoses to eliminate water, cleaning solutions, or vapors from machinery or tanks.
  • Maintain inventories of supplies.

Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner Skills

When polled, Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Types of Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner Jobs

  • Wash and Greaser
  • Stove Cleaner
  • Sanitation Worker, Hosing Machinery
  • Bottle Cleaner
  • Rack Washer

Job Outlook for Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners

There were about 369,200 jobs for Vehicle and Equipment Cleaner in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.7% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 39,500 new jobs for Vehicle and Equipment Cleaner by 2026. The BLS estimates 57,800 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner are Utah, Georgia, and Idaho. Watch out if you plan on working in District of Columbia, Maine, or Wisconsin. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner Make?

The average yearly salary of a Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner ranges between $18,630 and $38,280.


Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners who work in District of Columbia, Washington, or Vermont, make the highest salaries.

How much do Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $23,990
Alaska $29,670
Arizona $25,670
Arkansas $24,350
California $28,840
Colorado $27,810
Connecticut $29,170
Delaware $24,470
District of Columbia $38,840
Florida $25,630
Georgia $24,180
Hawaii $27,570
Idaho $24,460
Illinois $27,830
Indiana $24,680
Iowa $26,170
Kansas $26,840
Kentucky $24,180
Louisiana $22,210
Maine $27,560
Maryland $27,390
Massachusetts $31,690
Michigan $24,940
Minnesota $28,640
Mississippi $25,510
Missouri $25,980
Montana $26,570
Nebraska $28,180
Nevada $23,680
New Hampshire $28,640
New Jersey $26,020
New Mexico $24,380
New York $33,830
North Carolina $23,690
North Dakota $29,710
Ohio $25,590
Oklahoma $25,810
Oregon $27,950
Pennsylvania $25,960
Rhode Island $26,650
South Carolina $23,500
South Dakota $24,310
Tennessee $25,750
Texas $25,500
Utah $24,380
Vermont $29,730
Virginia $25,940
Washington $30,780
West Virginia $24,910
Wisconsin $28,160
Wyoming $27,580

What Tools & Technology do Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Inventory tracking software

How to Become a Vehicle & Equipment Cleaner

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Where Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners Work


The table below shows the approximate number of Vehicle and Equipment Cleaners employed by various industries.


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