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Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators

Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators
Quick Facts : Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators*
2010 Median Pay$58,460
Entry Level Education              

           
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012290,700
Job Outlook3% (Slower than average)
Employment Change7,500


Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators assess insurance claims. They evaluate and determine whether an insurance company must pay a claim how much if they do. Often, they are hired by claimants who prefer not to rely on the insurance company?s adjuster.

What Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators Do

  • Investigate, evaluate, and settle insurance claims
  • Determine whether the insurance policy covers the loss claimed
  • Decide the appropriate amount the insurance company should pay
  • Confer with legal counsel on claims when needed
  • Keep claims files, such as records of settled claims and an inventory of claims requiring detailed analysis

Work Environment

Most claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, and investigators work full time. They often work outside the office, inspecting damaged buildings and automobiles.
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Job Outlook

Employment of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators is expected to grow 3 percent from 2010 to 2020, primarily from the growth of the health insurance industry.
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Pay

The average salary of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators was $58,620 in May 2010.
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Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators

58460

Finance Occupations

59143.0435

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators*
Percent Change in Employment

Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators

2.57998

Finance Occupations

18.39732977618342

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Claims Adjusters, Appraisers, Examiners, and Investigators

A high school diploma or equivalent is the standard minimum requirement to work as an adjuster, appraiser, examiner, or investigator.
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