Car Scrubber

Clean surfaces of railroad cars preparatory to painting.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$16,000 – $32,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Car Scrubbers do?

Cleans surfaces of railroad cars preparatory to painting: Strips car of articles, such as sign frames, signal cords, curtains, seat cushions, and window frames, using handtools. Sweeps or blows dirt from car, using broom or airhose. Scrubs surfaces of car, using brush, sponge, and cleaning solution. Rubs varnished surfaces of car, after painting, with powdered pumice stone and cloth to attain smooth even finish. Scrapes excess paint from window glass, using sharp edged instrument. May sand surface areas to remove paint, using emery cloth, and sandpaper. May mask areas not to be painted, using tape and masking liquid.

Should I be a Car Scrubber?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Passenger-Car Scrubber

    How to become a Car Scrubber

    Most Car Scrubbers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9gsaaa&chl=no+college+%2872%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%2821%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,72,72
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