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Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary (United States)

Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $46K annually on average but can range from $29K to $68K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Automobile Damage Estimators. Ranging between $29K near the bottom and $68K near the top, total earnings can include up to $12K from bonuses and up to $5K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $28K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although just under a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately two in five get dental coverage, too. The vast majority of Automobile Damage Estimators (81 percent) are men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary (?
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$29,458 - $65,662
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MEDIAN: $45,705
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Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary (?
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$10.28 - $24.89
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,458 - $65,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,136  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $5,106  
Commission
$250.00 - $27,500  
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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$29,212 - $68,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $24.89  
   
Overtime
$15.36 - $37.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,136  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $5,106  
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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$29,212 - $68,286  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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Job Description for Estimator, Automobile Damage

An automobile damage estimator estimates how much it will cost to repair the damages to a vehicle. Estimators often work for collision shops, and they may complete work in a combination of an office, outdoors, inside the shop, or (in some cases) house visits. The automobile damage estimator uses their knowledge of automobiles and automobile repair to estimate the cost of damages and communicate them to the customer. They must address any questions or concerns that the customer has about the process to ensure they are satisfied with the estimates. After developing an estimate, the automobile damage estimator notifies the mechanic so that the damages can be repaired immediately, if the client chooses to proceed. Before the car is given back to the customer, the estimator needs to make sure that the work is complete and satisfactory. All bills must be reviewed for accuracy.
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Estimator, Automobile Damage Tasks
  • Inspect vehicle requiring repair to identify nature and extent of damage.
  • Compare cost of repairs to value of the car to decide if repairs are cost efficient.
  • Work with auto repair shops to determine the cost of parts and labor to repair a car.
  • Complete insurance paperwork explaining required repairs and price estimates.

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Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Automobile Damage

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Automobile Damage Estimators — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. Automobile Damage Estimators see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $53K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Automobile Damage Estimators typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$46,000
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For those looking to make money, Automobile Damage Estimators in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Automobile Damage Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent).

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 30%