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Filling Station Attendants

Filling Station Attendants - Occupation Overview

  • Spend a lot of time dealing with customers
  • Work both indoors and outdoors
  • May work part time or full time
  • May work nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Train on the job
  • Earn $19,397 per year (Illinois median)
  • Earn $20,140 per year (national median)

Service station attendants sell fuel and basic automotive services.

Service station attendants fill fuel tanks for cars, buses, trucks, and motorboats.

Attendants may wash vehicles' windshields while gas tanks are filling. Attendants collect payments from customers. They make change for cash payments or process credit card sales.

Service station attendants may also provide basic vehicle care such as:

  • Checking tire pressure and adding air if required
  • Checking fluid levels
  • Replacing batteries, windshield wipers, and other parts

Some attendants perform more complex repairs under the supervision of mechanics. These repairs include replacing belts, lights, spark plugs, oil, and air filters.

At self-service stations most attendants do not pump gas. They collect payments and perform other tasks at the station. They answer customers' questions and clean the station and restrooms. They may also prepare daily reports about the amount of fuel, oil, and accessories sold. They maintain merchandise displays. They may operate car washes and test and charge car batteries.


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