How much do the claims adjusters make?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:20 am   Post subject:   

Hello all! Need some direction in this job field please!!!! I've read the posts from this thread, beginning to last. A thread thats a couple years old I hope can still provide me with some type of assistance.



First off, I'm from California, living in los angeles. There are trade schools here that teach auto body, and damage appraisal as well.

I am confused! I really really want to become a auto Claims adjuster/ damge appraiser ( I have a passion for cars, can be around them all day long), and I dont know if I should continue with my regular college schooling to obtain a Associates/Bachelors degree and THEN find a job at an insurance company, OR......... go to my trade school, get experience, recieve my AA, get ASE certified, and then apply to some companys or independent body shops as a auto damage appraiser????

PLEASE NEED YOUR INPUT!! I WANT this as a career. Would like to be set on the right path as oppose to wasting my time in schools.

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I suppose it's your choice. You don't necessarily gain an advantage by taking "trade school" classes that you have to pay big bucks for. Insurance companies generally prefer to hire (a) adjusters with lots of actual field experience (min 3-5 years) or (b) younger folks (early 20s to 30s) with no experience who can be trained in a particular method of handling claims.



Figure out if you are (a) or (b). Then look for "entry level" positions with companies like Infinity, Mercury, GEICO who have a history of hiring newbies.



I would encourage you to continue working toward a BA degree -- full time or part time -- just don't stop altogether. That makes it much harder to go back.



I know, it took me ten years to get back to school to complete my BA in two years (plus summer and intersession classes). I continued on to get my MA immediately after that. Then said, "When I get a teaching postion, I'll go back and get my PhD." That was 24 years ago -- and no PhD today. Not that I miss it, but . . .



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 4:53 pm   Post subject:   

Thanks Max,



I have also spoken to a couple people as well, and regular schooling seems to be the way to go as well. I feel like If i ditch my schooling (BA degree) and opt for the trade school route, I will atleast have something to fall back on anywhere I choose to go.



So in terms of these entry level positions your talking about at insurance companies, they would in essence "train" me to become a claims adjuster/damage appraiser? ( out on the field, assesing cars, paperwork, etc, etc?). OR.... literally start off on the bottom just doing other peopls paperwork ?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:47 am   Post subject:   

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they would in essence "train" me to become a claims adjuster/damage appraiser?


Yes! Most of these positions are in auto insurance. But making the transition to homeowners and other lines would probably happen after a few years.



Some of the positions begin with simply handling claims in the office, where showing your aptitude for solving issues will get you noticed and bumped into the field. Others are direct hire into field work, after a few months of classroom and supervised training under the wing of an experienced adjuster.



Some insurance companies, however, require a BA -- in any field -- simply because it demonstrates a certain level of work ethic and accomplishment. So I wouldn't turn my back on that degree. You may never need it, but it is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and be 3 units short of the diploma.


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I have been cat adjusting with a friend in Ike. I had no license came with to help. worked for 5 weeks. learned insurance macros and got systems down. Had a manager of vendor pull me off to side asked my goals. In short told him couldn't do at the time. Told me that when i decided to do that id be a fat-cat. I would hit the ground running. i have 25yrs experience in construction industry primary commercial with superintendent experience. This year i took off to work for little or nothing for my church on a commercial bldg. purchase and ran demo/remodel converting to church. I pretty much spent my savings doing this. been called by independent company to work for them for sandy. i loved doing the adjusting when did it. is there a way to do if low on funds. Im looking of turning down for now a 80k/yr job as a supt. in large commercial company for this. any ideas thoughts suggestions.??


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Try writing complete sentences. Like the ones in the Bible that have subjects, verbs, direct objects, etc.



Do whatever you think will please God, and is in His will.



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This year i took off to work for little or nothing for my church on a commercial bldg. purchase and ran demo/remodel converting to church. I pretty much spent my savings doing this.


God doesn't necessarily call us to do things like this, and not provide for us in return. We sometimes get our will mixed up with his, and then blame Him when things don't go the way we would prefer.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:56 pm   Post subject: Adjuster  

I have been an adjuster for 16 years. The first 2 years were very slow. I had a second job (and would recommend that for new adjusters that want to do CAT only). It seemed to me that 90% of the work was going to the "old timers". ALL

adjusters are paid the same. A new guy just that just got his/her license makes the SAME as the guy/girl that has 20 years experience. So of course, when the

IA's have a chance to pick experienced over non-experience, they will. The more the independent makes, the more the IA company makes, the happier the

insurance company is. So the key is to get as much work as you can. Take the

jobs that are 1000 miles away and only last 1 week. Once you have a few years behind you, then you will be on the top of the IA's companies list to be called.

After about 3 years I was making about $250k per year, working 8-9 months of the year. My expenses were $100k. The most I made was Katrina...I reported

$330k that year and only $70k in expenses (I had a RV for that storm and that was a lot cheaper than hotel ($30 a night vs $100 a night)). For the last few years, I have been wanting to spend more time at home and turn down a lot of

storms. I made $115k in 2012 and will have about $14k in expenses. New guys will hear a lot of negative stuff from the experienced guys. Be prepared for it.

(we are not wanting the young guys/girls to take our work)


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