Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

The average Automobile Damage Estimator in the United States earns approximately $46K annually. Final cash compensation to Automobile Damage Estimators varies from around $30K to approximately $68K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $12K and $5K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and just over two-fifths have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Automobile Damage Estimators who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 84 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,443 - $66,366
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,399
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90%

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$10.39 - $25.13
(Median)
$10
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$30,443 - $66,366  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,887  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $4,983  
Commission
$0.00 - $28,906  
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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$29,546 - $67,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.39 - $25.13  
   
Overtime
$15.58 - $38.09  
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 - $11,887  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $28,906  
Profit Sharing
$96.96 - $4,983  
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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$29,546 - $67,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
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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


Job skills reported by Automobile Damage Estimators are limited. Sales and Customer Relations are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 3 percent, respectively. The majority of those who know 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. Automobile Damage Estimators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Sales
up arrow 6%

Customer Relations
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

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
30%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 32%
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