An average Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser in the United States can expect to take home roughly $55K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers can bottom out near $39K or peak near $72K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The vast majority of Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers (84 percent) survey respondents are men. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,802 - $70,144
(Median)
$39K
$55K
$70K
MEDIAN: $55,260
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90%

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$17.48 - $30.80
(Median)
$17
$24
$31
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,802 - $70,144  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,751  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $11,000  
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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$39,212 - $71,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 246
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.48 - $30.80  
   
Overtime
$11.00 - $50.45  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,751  
   
Profit Sharing
$512 - $11,000  
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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$39,212 - $71,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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.

Common Career Paths for Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage


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Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers who move into an Automobile Damage Estimator role may often bring in a much lower salary. On average, Automobile Damage Estimators earn $44K.

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Geico, The Travelers Companies, Inc., State Farm Insurance Company, Allstate, and Progressive Casualty Insurance Company are among the top companies that take on many Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers. Those at The Travelers Companies, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $62K.

Pay by Experience Level for Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser with more than 20 years of experience can earn $63K on average.

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Experience Affects Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$57,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salaries


Organizing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$57,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Insurance
up arrow 10%

Claim Handling
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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