Claims Adjuster Salary

Claims Adjusters in the United States can expect wages of $48K annually on average. Total cash compensation for Claims Adjusters runs from $35K to $67K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the specific employer and location. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Claims Adjusters (53 percent) survey respondents. Most Claims Adjusters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,040 - $66,200
$37K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,404
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$13.74 - $25.88
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$37,040 - $66,200  
   
Bonus
$298.80 - $6,176  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,574  
Commission
$11,500  
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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$35,035 - $67,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,245
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $25.88  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $44.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$298.80 - $6,176  
   
Commission
$11,500  
Profit Sharing
$481.77 - $6,574  
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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$35,035 - $67,458  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265

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Job Description for Claims Adjuster

A claims adjustor is the point person for an insurance company when the company receives a claim. They normally travel to a location and inspect damage, make notes, and ask questions. The claims adjustor assesses information and make recommendations for how the insurance company proceeds in resolving the claim.

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Claims Adjuster Tasks

  • Investigate and analyze insurance claims to determine extent of insurance company's liability.
  • Negotiate settlement of claims, calculate and authorize payment of claim settlements in accordance with policy and coverage.
  • Compile information derived from correspondence with claimant, witnesses and medical specialists.

Common Career Paths for Claims Adjuster


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At the upper end, Claims Adjusters who move into an Insurance Claims Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Insurance Claims Managers is a much higher $72K per year. Claims Adjusters go on to become Claims Examiners and Investigators more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $45K. Claims Adjusters who move into a Senior Claims Adjuster role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $65K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Claims Adjuster


Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, Allstate, Geico, State Farm Insurance Company, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group are all popular places to work. Although salaries only range from $50K to just $80K, The Travelers Companies, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $57K. Other big spenders include State Farm Insurance Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and Farmers Insurance Group, top-paying firms where Claims Adjusters see paychecks nearing $54K, $54K, or $54K.

Employees at Geico take home the smallest paychecks, and $42K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $35K and quickly nearing the top at only $56K. Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. (Sedgwick CMS), Sedgwick, and Usaa Insurance also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $43K, $44K, and $45K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Claims Adjuster


Claims Adjusters report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Construction Estimating, Litigation Case Management, Investigation, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 13 percent. Those listing Typing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Bilingual also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Claim Handling indicates knowledge of Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Claims Adjuster

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


For Claims Adjusters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. Claims Adjusters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Claims Adjuster generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,420

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Claims Adjusters that is 10 percent greater than the national average, Orlando offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Claims Adjusters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Denver (+5 percent), and Chicago (+4 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 19 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (11 percent lower) and Tampa (9 percent lower).

Claims Adjuster Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Claims Adjuster?

Claims Adjuster in Arlington Heights:
"It Is Different Everyday."
Pros: Fast paced working environment.
Cons: It takes a lot of patience.

Claims Adjuster in Florida:
"Can Manage And Run A Front Office."
Pros: Fast learner, hard worker. I am very focused and willing to learn.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Claims Adjuster

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Claims Adjuster Salaries

▲36%

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$48,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Claims Adjuster Salaries

Construction Estimating
▲13%

Investigation
▲12%

Litigation Case Management
▲12%

Insurance
▲11%

▲3%



National Average
$48,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼13%

Bilingual
▼13%

Typing
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 213 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 84%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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