Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salary

Median pay for Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $54K per year. Pay generally varies between $38K and $71K per year. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers spread between $38K and $71K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Men make up the vast majority of Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers (87 percent) who took the survey. Most Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$37,702 - $68,958
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$69K
MEDIAN: $53,996
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$15.75 - $29.91
(Median)
$16
$22
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,702 - $68,958  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,302  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $10,161  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$37,861 - $70,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 361
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.75 - $29.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.55 - $47.60  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,302  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$306.39 - $10,161  
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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$37,861 - $70,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage


Although The Travelers Companies, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $61K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $56K to $71K.


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers who took the survey. Those who have experience with Claim Handling, Customer Service, and Insurance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Insurance as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Claim Handling also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage

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


For many Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. For Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $63K on average.

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Experience Affects Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Claim Handling
up arrow 13%

Customer Service
up arrow 18%

Insurance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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