Entry-Level Claims Adjuster / Examiner / Investigator Salary

For Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators, annual average wages total $44K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing โ€” peaking near $5K and $7K, respectively โ€” total cash payment to Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators can bottom out near $30K or peak near $60K depending on individual performance. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators. Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. A large number report receiving medical and dental coverage from their employers and the larger part collect vision insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,532 - $60,050
(Median)
$34K
$44K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,166
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$11.75 - $23.47
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,532 - $60,050  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,009  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $6,544  
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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$29,577 - $59,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 636
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $23.47  
   
Overtime
$16.18 - $36.50  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,009  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $6,544  
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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$29,577 - $59,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 236
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With a median salary of $51K, Geico offers Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $41K and are capped at $61K.

Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. (Sedgwick CMS) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $39K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $31K to $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,389

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators that is 15 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+13 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Entry-Level Claims Examiners and Investigators in San Antonio earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average. Miami and Detroit are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median โ€” salaries are 18 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively.

Claims Adjuster / Examiner / Investigator Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Claims Adjuster / Examiner / Investigator in Ann Arbor:
"Ride along for a few months before applying."
Ride along on claims if you can before applying for the job.

Claims Adjuster / Examiner / Investigator in Livonia:
"Valuable Skills."
Knowledge in multi-state WC laws/regulations is a big help in this industry. Being highly organized in this field reduces your stress level. Learn your top priorities in your daily work.

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Skills That Affect Claims Adjuster / Examiner / Investigator Salaries

Negotiation
up arrow 11%

Insurance
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Claim Handling
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$42,000

Medical Coding
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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