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Claims Adjuster Salary

Pay for Claims Adjusters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $47K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Claims Adjusters can bottom out near $33K or peak near $67K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The majority of Claims Adjusters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Claims Adjusters making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$34,662 - $65,258
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$35K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,796
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$13.18 - $26.66
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,662 - $65,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,222  
Profit Sharing
$499.33 - $5,846  
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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$32,887 - $66,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,671
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.18 - $26.66  
   
Overtime
$17.79 - $42.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,222  
   
Profit Sharing
$499.33 - $5,846  
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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$32,887 - $66,804  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313

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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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While Claims Adjusters do not often become Senior Claims Adjusters, the job pays $64K per year on average. A Claims Examiner or Investigator role is the most common promotion for Claims Adjusters moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $45K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Claims Adjusters is an Insurance Claims Supervisor position, where earnings are usually $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Claims Adjuster


Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, State Farm Insurance Company, Geico, Farmers Insurance Group, and Allstate Insurance Company are among the top companies that take on many Claims Adjusters. The biggest paychecks can be found at The Travelers Companies, Inc. — the median salary there is $58K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $42K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $85K. Claims Adjusters can also look forward to large paychecks at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) ($54K), Liberty Mutual Insurance Group ($53K), and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company ($51K).

Esurance, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $42K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $27K and $65K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Geico at $44K, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company where $44K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Claims Adjusters there earn up to $72K.

Popular Skills for Claims Adjuster


Claims Adjusters who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Negotiation, Claim Handling, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Claim Handling are also skilled in Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Claims Adjuster

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Claims Adjusters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. Claims Adjusters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $56K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


Claims Adjusters will find that Sacramento offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. Claims Adjusters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+12 percent), New York (+9 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and San Diego (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Oklahoma City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Charlotte and 9 percent less in Miami, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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National Average
$47,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 360 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: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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