Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

Median pay for Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $46K per year. Total cash earnings of Automobile Damage Estimators range from $30K on the low end to $68K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $12K and $5K, respectively. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Automobile Damage Estimators (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Job satisfaction for Automobile Damage Estimators is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,433 - $66,278
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,443
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$10.38 - $25.15
(Median)
$10
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,433 - $66,278  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,936  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $4,983  
Commission
$0.00 - $28,906  
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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$29,618 - $67,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.38 - $25.15  
   
Overtime
$15.95 - $38.13  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,936  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $28,906  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $4,983  
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).
)
$29,618 - $67,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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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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Popular Skills for Estimator, Automobile Damage


Job skills reported by Automobile Damage Estimators are limited. Sales and Customer Relations are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Customer Relations are similarly competent in Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Automobile Damage

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


For many Automobile Damage Estimators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. Automobile Damage Estimators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Sales
up arrow 5%

Customer Relations
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 33%
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