The average Automobile Damage Estimator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K per year. The range in cash compensation to Automobile Damage Estimators (largely between $30K and $67K) includes potential earnings of $12K from bonuses, $20K from profit sharing, and commissions of $42K in exceptional cases. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, more than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by more than two-fifths. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Automobile Damage Estimators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,434 - $65,847
$29K
$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $47,683
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50%
90%

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$12.01 - $26.28
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,434 - $65,847  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,387  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
Commission
$1,648 - $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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$30,338 - $66,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.01 - $26.28  
   
Overtime
$16.18 - $40.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,387  
   
Commission
$1,648 - $41,930  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$30,338 - $66,617  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Estimator, Automobile Damage


Survey results suggest that Automobile Damage Estimators put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Product Marketing, People Management, Operations Management, and Insurance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Those proficient in Customer Relations are, more often than not, 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. Automobile Damage Estimators bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Automobile Damage Estimators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $54K.

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Key Stats for Estimator, Automobile Damage

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.
033
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Product Marketing
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Insurance
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National Average
$47,000



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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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