On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (just over two-fifths) of final income for Automobile Damage Estimators. That final number averages out to $46K across the industry. With some bonuses approaching $12K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $20K, overall incomes of Automobile Damage Estimators spread between $30K and $66K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Automobile Damage Estimators greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Although over a third lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,281 - $65,924
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$66K
MEDIAN: $47,218
10%
50%
90%

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$11.75 - $26.18
(Median)
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,281 - $65,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,325  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,000  
Commission
$721 - $42,070  
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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$30,431 - $66,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.75 - $26.18  
   
Overtime
$16.18 - $39.48  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,325  
   
Commission
$721 - $42,070  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $20,000  
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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$30,431 - $66,491  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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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


Survey results show that Automobile Damage Estimators use a fair number of skills. 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 familiar with Customer Relations also tend to 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. 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 $50K. For Automobile Damage Estimators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $55K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Product Marketing
up arrow 8%


Operations Management
up arrow 4%

Insurance
up arrow 3%

Customer Relations
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Sales
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 63%
dental benefits
Dental: 44%
medical benefits
Vision: 32%
dental benefits
None: 36%
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