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Claims Adjuster Salary

Median pay for Claims Adjusters in the United States is around $47K annually. Total cash compensation for Claims Adjusters runs from $33K to $67K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Work is enjoyable for Claims Adjusters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Claims Adjusters (51 percent) who responded to the survey. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$34,622 - $65,260
(Median)
$35K
$47K
$65K
MEDIAN: $46,774
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$13.20 - $26.45
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$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,622 - $65,260  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,230  
Profit Sharing
$498.00 - $5,864  
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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$32,869 - $66,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,653
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.20 - $26.45  
   
Overtime
$17.77 - $42.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,230  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.00 - $5,864  
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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$32,869 - $66,836  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306

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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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There are some Claims Adjusters — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Claims Adjusters, where earnings are an average $64K annually. The most common promotion for Claims Adjusters is a Claims Examiner or Investigator position, which usually brings in $45K a year. Another standard transition for Claims Adjusters seeking advancement is to assume an Insurance Claims Supervisor role, where pay is often $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Claims Adjuster


Known for taking on a considerable number of Claims Adjusters, Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, State Farm Insurance Company, Geico, Farmers Insurance Group, and Allstate Insurance Company are leading firms in the industry. Employees of The Travelers Companies, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $58K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $42K to $85K. Claims Adjusters will also find cushy salaries at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife) (+$54K), Liberty Mutual Insurance Group (+$53K), and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company (+$51K).

Esurance, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $42K) but some workers make up to $65K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Geico at $43K, 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. Most people experienced in 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.


For Claims Adjusters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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


With a pay rate for Claims Adjusters that is 29 percent greater than the national average, Sacramento offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Oklahoma City, 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte (13 percent lower) and Miami (9 percent lower).

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: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%
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