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Insurance Claims Adjuster Salary

Pay for Insurance Claims Adjusters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $48K annually. Total incomes of Insurance Claims Adjusters 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 $34K and $70K. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and location are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Insurance Claims Adjusters making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part.

$35,083 - $67,614
(Median)
$35K
$48K
$68K
MEDIAN: $48,151
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$12.77 - $28.51
(Median)
$13
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$35,083 - $67,614  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,773  
Profit Sharing
$497.77 - $6,714  
Commission
$0.00 - $69,531  
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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$34,324 - $69,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,737
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $28.51  
   
Overtime
$18.63 - $42.86  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,773  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $69,531  
Profit Sharing
$497.77 - $6,714  
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).
)
$34,324 - $69,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 249

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Job Description for Insurance Claims Adjuster

Insurance claims adjusters are responsible for investigating accidents to determine liability. They do this by having phone conversations with customers, obtaining police reports, and negotiating damage settlements. They document claim activity and provide fair settlement and claim resolutions to customers. The insurance claim adjuster must work to help customers feel satisfied while making cost-effective decisions that benefit their business.

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Insurance Claims Adjuster Tasks

  • Compile information derived from correspondence with claimant, witnesses and medical specialists.
  • Negotiate settlement of claims, calculate and authorize payment of claim settlements in accordance with policy and coverage.
  • Investigate and analyze insurance claims to determine extent of insurance company's liability.

Common Career Paths for Insurance Claims Adjuster


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While Insurance Claims Adjusters do not often become Attorneys, the job pays $81K per year on average. Many Insurance Claims Adjusters go on to become Claims Examiners and Investigators or Claims Adjusters despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $4K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Insurance Claims Adjuster


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Insurance Claims Adjusters include Allstate Insurance Company, Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, The Travelers Companies, Inc., Farmers Insurance Group, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Insurance Claims Adjusters seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., where the median salary comes to $63K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($40K) and those starting out ($89K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Insurance Claims Adjusters will also find cushy salaries at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group (+$56K), The Travelers Companies, Inc. (+$55K), and State Farm Insurance Company (+$51K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Allstate Insurance Company at $44K, and Allstate where $45K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Insurance Claims Adjusters there earn up to $88K.

Popular Skills for Insurance Claims Adjuster


Insurance Claims Adjusters typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Construction Estimating, Negotiation, Claim Handling, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Insurance. Most people skilled in Claim Handling are similarly competent in Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Insurance Claims Adjuster

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Insurance Claims Adjusters. The average beginner in this position makes around $42K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Insurance Claims Adjusters make a median salary of $56K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $65K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Insurance Claims Adjusters, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Insurance Claims Adjusters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), Chicago (+6 percent), and Houston (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 11 percent, Oklahoma City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 10 percent less in San Antonio and 9 percent less in St. Louis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Insurance Claims Adjuster Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Insurance Claims Adjuster Salaries



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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 444 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%
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