Average Underwriter Salary

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The average salary for an Underwriter is $57,661.
MEDIAN $57,661
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$41k - $86k
$986 - $14k
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$200 - $6k
$986 - $22k
Total Pay
$39k - $90k

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Job Description for Underwriter

Underwriter Tasks
  • Analyze new and renewal business, data, claim history, loss experience, and outcome of liability decisions.
  • Underwrite, submit, approve or pend coverage amounts and premiums, and present decisions to management.
  • Monitor existing policies for compliance with company guidelines.
  • Manage underwriting territory and select new business based on analysis of their profitability.
The top respondents for the job title Underwriter are from the companies The Chubb Corporation, State Farm Insurance Company and The Travelers Companies, Inc.. Reported salaries are highest at Liberty Mutual Insurance Group where the average pay is $72,599. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include The Travelers Companies, Inc. and The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., earning around $71,053 and $63,615, respectively. State Farm Insurance Company pays the lowest at around $51,325. Cigna Corporation and Aetna, Inc. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $53,028 and $54,409, respectively.

Career Paths

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Senior Underwriter
Insurance Underwriter
Loan Underwriter, Mortgage
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Underwriter

Skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Loan Underwriting and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and Insurance.

Pay by Experience Level for Underwriter

An entry-level Underwriter with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,725 based on 329 salaries. An early career Underwriter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,104 based on 1,833 salaries. A mid-career Underwriter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,071 based on 855 salaries. An experienced Underwriter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $65,892 based on 716 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $70,174.
Employees with Underwriter in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 34.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (20.5% more) and Chicago, Illinois (12.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Phoenix, Arizona (5.1% less).

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