Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

Total annual pay for Automobile Damage Estimators is approximately $46K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — nearly one in three on average. In the world of Automobile Damage Estimators, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $30K and $67K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Automobile Damage Estimators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Automobile Damage Estimators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Although nearly one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,004 - $65,803
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,536
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50%
90%

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$11.27 - $24.96
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,004 - $65,803  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,933  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,045  
Commission
$0.00 - $41,930  
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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$30,131 - $66,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 415
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.27 - $24.96  
   
Overtime
$15.66 - $38.35  
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 - $11,933  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $41,930  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$30,131 - $66,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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


Automobile Damage Estimators report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Operations Management, People Management, Sales, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Customer Relations are also skilled in Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Estimator, Automobile Damage

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


For Automobile Damage Estimators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $47K. Automobile Damage Estimators bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 6%

Sales
up arrow 4%

People Management
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Customer Relations
0%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
medical benefits
Vision: 30%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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