Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Automobile Damage Estimators (nearly one-third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $46K. Total cash compensation for Automobile Damage Estimators runs from $30K to $67K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and just over two-fifths receive dental plans. Most Automobile Damage Estimators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Automobile Damage Estimators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$30,004 - $65,803
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,536
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$11.27 - $24.96
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Most people experienced in Customer Relations also know Sales.

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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automobile Damage Estimators make a median salary of $51K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $53K.

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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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