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Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

Pay for Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $46K annually. In the world of Automobile Damage Estimators, total cash compensation ranges from $29K on the lower end to $69K 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 $26K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While some workers in this profession — around one in three — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and just over two-fifths have dental insurance. Men make up the vast majority of Automobile Damage Estimators (84 percent) who took the survey. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$30,044 - $65,919
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,890
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90%

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$10.23 - $25.39
(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
$30,044 - $65,919  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,147  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,068  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,532  
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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$29,333 - $68,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373
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
$10.23 - $25.39  
   
Overtime
$15.68 - $38.54  
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 - $12,147  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,532  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $5,068  
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).
)
$29,333 - $68,610  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 136

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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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Automobile Damage Estimators usually report a few specific skills. 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.


Automobile Damage Estimators with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. Automobile Damage Estimators see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 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 3%

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
28%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 29% employee benefits None: 33%