Automobile Estimator Salary

The average Automobile Estimator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K per year. Most Automobile Estimators survey respondents are men (72 percent). Work is enjoyable for Automobile Estimators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly two-fifths lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and about two-fifths have dental, too. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,524 - $72,726
$31K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $48,121
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$10.16 - $24.13
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MEDIAN: $14.83
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,524 - $72,726  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,040  
Commission
$-0.50 - $19,727  
Total Pay (?
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$27,001 - $69,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $24.13  
   
Overtime
$17.45 - $34.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,040  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $19,727  
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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$27,001 - $69,735  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57

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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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Automobile Estimators who go on to become Automobile Damage Estimators may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Automobile Damage Estimator, an upper-level role, pays $45K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Automobile Estimator

Pay by Experience for an Automobile Estimator has a positive trend. An entry-level Automobile Estimator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 84 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automobile Estimator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Automobile Estimator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 45 salaries. An Automobile Estimator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 37 salaries.

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Key Stats for Automobile Estimator

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Automobile Estimator Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲16%

Mid-Career
▲13%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 58%
dental benefits
Dental: 39%
vision benefits
Vision: 31%
no benefits
None: 40%
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