Automobile Estimator Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Previous experience in auto body estimating and/or the automotive industry is generally needed for this position, although some employers may offer on-the-job training. Some employers require that the automobile estimator is familiar with CCC One Total Repair Platform and other claims management software as well. The automobile estimator works directly with customers, so customer service skills are important; it is also important to be able to work with coworkers such as mechanics and other shop staff.
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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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.