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What You Need to Know About Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser

Occupation Description Appraise automobile or other vehicle damage to determine repair costs for insurance claim settlement. Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost or cost estimates and recommendations. May seek agreement with automotive repair shop on repair costs.

A Day in the Life of an Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser

  • Arrange to have damage appraised by another appraiser to resolve disagreement with shop on repair cost.
  • Determine salvage value on total-loss vehicle.
  • Examine damaged vehicle to determine extent of structural, body, mechanical, electrical, or interior damage.
  • Review repair cost estimates with automobile repair shop to secure agreement on cost of repairs.
  • Estimate parts and labor to repair damage, using standard automotive labor and parts cost manuals and knowledge of automotive repair.
  • Evaluate practicality of repair as opposed to payment of market value of vehicle before accident.

What an Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser Should Know

These are the skills Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers say are the most useful in their careers:

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Types of Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser

  • Field Auto Damage Adjuster
  • Field Appraiser
  • Auto Body Estimator
  • Reinspector
  • Auto Body Repair Estimator

Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser Job Outlook

There were about 17,600 jobs for Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 5.1% which is below the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 900 new jobs for Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser by 2026. There will be an estimated 1,500 positions for Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser per year.


The states with the most job growth for Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser are Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Minnesota, Washington, or Ohio. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of an Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser

Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers make between $43,170 and $94,060 a year.


Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers who work in Missouri, Oregon, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

How much do Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $61,130
Arizona $59,530
California $66,100
Colorado $65,260
Connecticut $67,040
Florida $62,340
Georgia $69,010
Illinois $68,820
Indiana $65,710
Iowa $63,290
Kansas $63,680
Louisiana $60,620
Maryland $68,170
Massachusetts $69,260
Michigan $61,120
Minnesota $65,190
Mississippi $69,890
Missouri $91,720
Nebraska $59,300
Nevada $63,260
New Jersey $67,610
New Mexico $68,560
New York $69,460
North Carolina $64,000
Ohio $63,650
Oklahoma $62,450
Oregon $73,170
Pennsylvania $67,780
Rhode Island $73,010
South Carolina $34,890
South Dakota $53,470
Tennessee $57,480
Texas $63,780
Virginia $70,530
Washington $69,200
West Virginia $63,020
Wisconsin $68,050

What Tools & Technology do Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Auto Damage Insurance Appraisers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Cost estimating software
  • Vertafore ImageRight

How to Become an Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser

Individuals working as an Auto Damage Insurance Appraiser have obtained the following education levels:


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