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Claims Adjuster Salary

Claims Adjusters in the United States can expect to earn an average of $47K annually. Overall cash earnings for Claims Adjusters stretch from $33K on the lower end to $67K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though tenure and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Claims Adjusters making up 51 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Claims Adjusters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,567 - $65,264
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$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,741
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$13.18 - $26.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,567 - $65,264  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,353  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,818  
Total Pay (?
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$32,948 - $66,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,616
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Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $26.53  
   
Overtime
$17.86 - $43.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,353  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $5,818  
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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$32,948 - $66,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Claims Adjuster


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Claims Adjusters do not often transition into Senior Claims Adjuster roles. The role averages $64K 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 an Insurance Claims Supervisor role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Claims Adjuster


Claims Adjusters fill the offices of leading firms Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, State Farm Insurance Company, Farmers Insurance Group, Allstate Insurance Company, and Geico. Claims Adjusters seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Travelers Companies, Inc., where the median salary comes to $58K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($42K) and those starting out ($85K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife), Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, top-paying firms where Claims Adjusters rake in a $54K, $53K, or $51K, respectively.

Claims Adjusters will find the worst pay at Geico, where the median salary crawls in at $42K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $54K, leaving little room for growth. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Esurance, Inc. at $42K, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company where $43K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Claims Adjusters there earn up to $72K.

Popular Skills for Claims Adjuster


Claims Adjusters report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Negotiation, Claim Handling, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with Claim Handling also know Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Claims Adjuster

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Claims Adjusters see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


For Claims Adjusters, Sacramento provides a pay rate that is 29 percent greater than the national average. Claims Adjusters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Miami (15 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Claims Adjuster Reviews

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.

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Experience Affects Claims Adjuster Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Claims Adjuster Salaries


Claim Handling
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Customer Service
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National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 361 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%