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Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salary

Average Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers in the United States make around $54K annually. Pay ranges from $38K on the low end to $70K per year on the high end. Cash earnings for Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $38K to approximately $70K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Men make up the vast majority of Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers (84 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$37,818 - $67,492
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$67K
MEDIAN: $53,624
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90%

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$15.12 - $30.55
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,818 - $67,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,116  
Profit Sharing
$973 - $7,186  
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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$37,608 - $70,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.12 - $30.55  
   
Overtime
$21.29 - $46.92  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,116  
   
Profit Sharing
$973 - $7,186  
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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$37,608 - $70,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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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.

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While select Geico employees may bring in up to $69K, a median salary of only $55K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.


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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $57K. Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $64K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 10%
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