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Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salary (United States)

Pay for Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $53K per year. Earnings sit near $37K on the lower side but can approach $69K per year on the higher side. Total incomes of Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $69K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Men account for the majority of Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salary (?
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$37,612 - $66,423
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MEDIAN: $53,086
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Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salary (?
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$15.07 - $29.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,612 - $66,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,990  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $7,000  
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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$37,444 - $69,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 332
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.07 - $29.32  
   
Overtime
$22.35 - $46.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,990  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $7,000  
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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$37,444 - $69,468  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage

Insurance appraiser for auto damage are responsible for assessing damage to automobiles through examining photos and appraising the damaged vehicles in person; this often includes examining other property damaged in the accident. The insurance appraiser's role is to conduct and manage the investigative process, which can be extensive and in-depth. Examples of their daily tasks include inspecting damaged vehicles, filling out paperwork, and taking statements from those involved. This requires the ability to analyze the damage and travel to the location of the (often disabled) vehicle, which is usually a towyard owned by the insurance company; assessments may also be done on cars that are still in the owner's possession.
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Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Tasks
  • Review invoices and forecasts to determine fraud, make changes, and refund customers.
  • Estimate and verify repair costs.
  • Inspect automobiles and accident-related property or sites, assessing damages.
  • Interact with customers and explain insurance benefits and denials.

Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage

Bringing up the rear, Geico's median pay of $56K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $70K.

Pay by Experience Level for Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $57K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers make a median salary of $59K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $62K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers, 10 percent higher than the national average. Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+6 percent), Austin (+5 percent), Chicago (+4 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, New York is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
14%
female alumni
 
Male
86%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%