Estimator, Automobile Damage Salary (United States)

The majority of Automobile Damage Estimators in the United States—one-half—boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $29,212 to $68,286 per year and typically amount to $45,613 per year. Overall compensation packages to Automobile Damage Estimators range from $29,212 on the low end to $68,286 on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $12,136 and profit sharing that approaches $5,106, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $28K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, around two-thirds do receive medical coverage, and 40 percent have dental, as well. There are far more male Automobile Damage Estimators than women, making up 81 percent of those in this profession. Work is enjoyable for Automobile Damage Estimators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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  
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.
For Automobile Damage Estimators, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. New salaries start at $39,695 and reach $46K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $51K. 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. The largest number of Automobile Damage Estimators have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$46,000
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For Automobile Damage Estimators, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Automobile Damage Estimators will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent).

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Experience Affects Estimator, Automobile Damage Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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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%