Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary
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.
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.Read More...
An automobile damage estimator is important because customers may decide to go elsewhere if they are not convinced that the estimator's shop is the best choice for their needs; all parties must come to an agreement and sign the appropriate paperwork. Therefore, interpersonal and communication skills are critical in this role. Attention to detail is necessary to ensure accurate estimates are given.
Usually, a high school diploma or equivalent is the minimum educational requirement for this kind of job. Relevant certifications are generally preferred. Thorough knowledge of car components is essential to ensure accuracy in estimates. Some physical requirements may exist for this job, as the estimator is required to move around the vehicle to inspect it.
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.