Automobile Estimator Salary

Automobile Estimators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $47K per year. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Automobile Estimators who answered the questionnnaire. While nearly two in five report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than two-fifths have dental, as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automobile Estimators. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$30,330 - $73,167
$30K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,016
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50%
90%

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$10.07 - $24.19
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$14
$24
MEDIAN: $14.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,330 - $73,167  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
Commission
$12,900  
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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$26,398 - $70,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 123
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $24.19  
   
Overtime
$16.73 - $34.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
   
Commission
$12,900  
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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$26,398 - $70,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Automobile Estimators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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Key Stats for Automobile Estimator

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Automobile Estimator Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲20%

Mid-Career
▲15%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 59%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 39%
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