In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $45K, nearly one in three of overall earnings for Automobile Estimators arrives through commissions. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Automobile Estimators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — nearly two in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,133 - $74,624
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$75K
MEDIAN: $46,430
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90%

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$9.99 - $22.58
(Median)
$10
$14
$23
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,133 - $74,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
Commission
$15,260  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,110 - $72,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $22.58  
   
Overtime
$15.71 - $33.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,365  
   
Commission
$15,260  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,110 - $72,181  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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Job Description for Automobile Estimator

An automobile estimator usually works at a automobile repair shop or other facility that handles repairs; they may also work for an insurance company. The estimator evaluates the damage to cars that have been in accidents or otherwise sustained damages to prepare a quote for the customer related to repair costs. They also communicate with insurance companies to determine what repair costs may be covered. When the work is done, the automobile estimator conducts a consultation with the client to make sure that the customer is satisfied with the work performed. Automobile estimators generally work during regular business hours, although they may be required to work alternative hours (including weekends) depending on the hours their shop is open.

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Automobile Estimator Tasks

  • Inspect vehicle requiring repair to identify nature and extent of damage.
  • Compare cost of repairs to value of the car to decide if repairs are cost efficient.
  • Work with auto repair shops to determine the cost of parts and labor to repair a car.
  • Complete insurance paperwork explaining required repairs and price estimates.

Common Career Paths for Automobile Estimator


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For Automobile Estimators, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Automobile Estimators earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Automobile Damage Estimator.

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Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Estimator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Automobile Estimators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $52K. Automobile Estimators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $57K on average.

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Experience Affects Automobile Estimator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 56%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 31%
dental benefits
None: 41%
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