Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary (United States)

Automobile Damage Estimators who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up 50 percent of Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States. Pay fluctuates from $29,212 to $68,286 per year, but expected earnings average $45,613 annually. Overall incomes of Automobile Damage Estimators—including $12,136 bonuses, $5,106 profit sharing proceeds, and $28K commissions on the more lucrative end—ranges between $29,458 and $65,662. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, 69 percent do receive medical coverage, and 40 percent have dental, as well. In a profession dominated by men, 81 percent of Automobile Damage Estimators are male. Job satisfaction for Automobile Damage Estimators is high. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary (?
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$29,458 - $65,662
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MEDIAN: $45,705
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Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary (?
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$10.28 - $24.89
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,458 - $65,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,136  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $5,106  
Commission
$250.00 - $27,500  
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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$29,212 - $68,286  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $24.89  
   
Overtime
$15.36 - $37.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,136  
   
Commission
$250.00 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $5,106  
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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$29,212 - $68,286  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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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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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 less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Salaries start at $39,695, which grows to $46K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $51K after one to two decades. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Automobile Damage Estimators earning an average of $53K per year. Automobile Damage Estimators with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Houston
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National Average
$46,000
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For Automobile Damage Estimators, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Automobile Damage Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent).

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 40%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 30%
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