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Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary

Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Automobile Damage Estimators — as high as $12K, $5K and $30K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $29K to $68K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Male Automobile Damage Estimators far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. For the most part, Automobile Damage Estimators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, roughly a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$30,285 - $65,845
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $46,312
10%
50%
90%

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$10.25 - $25.33
(Median)
$10
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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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
$30,285 - $65,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,936  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $5,034  
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
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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$29,415 - $67,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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
$10.25 - $25.33  
   
Overtime
$15.49 - $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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,936  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $29,696  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $5,034  
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).
)
$29,415 - $67,870  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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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 only report a few specific skills. Customer Relations and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Those with knowledge of Customer Relations tend to be skilled in Customer Service as well.

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. The average beginner in this position makes around $40K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $46K. Automobile Damage Estimators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

Customer Relations
0%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 42%
vision benefits Vision: 28% employee benefits None: 33%
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