Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States take home an average $47K per year. Cash earnings for Automobile Damage Estimators — which occasionally include more than $12K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $30K to approximately $67K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Automobile Damage Estimators are male. Some workers in this field — about one in three — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automobile Damage Estimators. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,560 - $65,975

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$10.35 - $24.96

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,560 - $65,975  
   
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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$29,595 - $67,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $24.96  
   
Overtime
$15.49 - $37.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$29,595 - $67,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Sales and Customer Relations are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 5 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those educated in Customer Relations tend to be well versed 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automobile Damage Estimators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. 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 $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 5%

Customer Relations
up arrow 4%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 98 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
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 33%
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