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Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

The average Automobile Damage Estimator in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K per year. In the world of Automobile Damage Estimators, total cash compensation ranges from $29K on the lower end to $68K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $12K and profit sharing that approaches $5K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $29K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Automobile Damage Estimators is high. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Automobile Damage Estimators are male. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than two-fifths. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,114 - $65,750
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,076
10%
50%
90%

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$10.24 - $25.35
(Median)
$10
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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
$30,114 - $65,750  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$101.37 - $5,051  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,479  
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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$29,397 - $67,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
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
$10.24 - $25.35  
   
Overtime
$15.53 - $38.50  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,000  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,479  
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).
)
$29,397 - $67,934  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139

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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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Job skills reported by Automobile Damage Estimators are limited. Customer Service and Customer Relations are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relations and Customer Service.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $40K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. 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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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Customer Relations
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 43%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 32%
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