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Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States take home an average $46K per year. In the world of Automobile Damage Estimators, total cash compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $69K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $11K and profit sharing that approaches $5K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $28K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Automobile Damage Estimators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Automobile Damage Estimators (82 percent) who took the survey are men. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, the greater part do receive medical benefits and close to two-fifths have dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$30,049 - $66,041
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MEDIAN: $46,293
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$10.26 - $25.07
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,049 - $66,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,400  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,051  
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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$29,502 - $69,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 367
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $25.07  
   
Overtime
$15.13 - $37.98  
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 - $11,400  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,051  
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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$29,502 - $69,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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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.


Automobile Damage Estimators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $40K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $46K. Automobile Damage Estimators see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Automobile Damage Estimators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $54K.

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 41%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 31%