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An automotive collision estimator works for a body shop providing repair cost estimates. The estimator inspects vehicles that have been damaged and creates an estimate of the necessary repairs. Job duties include inspecting damaged vehicles, writing estimate reports and submitting reports to insurance companies.

An estimator follows guidelines that determine the extent of damages as well as what should be charged for repair work. A typical work day for an estimate writer includes inspecting damaged vehicles, consulting guidebooks for repair costs and creating estimation documents.

Estimators are also accountable for all areas of the disassembly/reassembly and ensuring the estimating guidelines prescribed is completed on every estimate.

Other titles:

  • Collision Estimator
  • Body Shop Estimator


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Average Salaries by Region

Canada $63,295
Alberta $72,329
Ontario $62,087
Quebec $48,962
Region Average Salary
Canada $63,295
British Columbia $68,734
Alberta $72,329
Saskatchewan & Manitoba $60,084
Ontario $62,087
Quebec $48,962
Atlantic Provinces $50,812


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Forecast: Total jobs over 5 years

Region 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
BC 1,439 1,492 1,541 1,589 1,638 1,687
Alberta 1,419 1,431 1,484 1,536 1,590 1,646
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 940 945 977 1,008 1,041 1,076
Ontario 3,249 3,361 3,457 3,548 3,639 3,729
Quebec 2,499 2,552 2,606 2,657 2,711 2,767
Atlantic provinces 674 674 692 709 727 747


Full Time vs. Part Time Overall


Full Time in 2018

99%

Part Time in 2018

1%

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Region Full Time Part Time
B.C. 99% 0%
Alberta 95% 4%
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 99% 0%
Ontario 99% 0%
Quebec 99% 0%
Atlantic 99% 0%


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Gender Breakdown

Men and Women Working in the Aftermarket Sector


Males in 2017

83%

Females in 2017

17%
Age Range Percentage
Less than 20 3%
20-29 24%
30-39 34%
40-49 21%
50-59 16%
60+ 2%

  •  Valid Driver’s License
  •  Experience with estimator software (eg: Mitchell) is an asset
  •  Experience with Microsoft Office suite products is an asset
  •  Completion of Automotive Collision Estimator course is an asset
  •  Training is on-the-job, in class, and/or online
  •  Level of experience is usually 1-5 years

On average estimators have

10.2 years of experience

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Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Less than 1 year 20%
1-5 years 32%
Over Five Years 48%

Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Experience Percentage
Less than 1 year 20%
1-5 years 32%
Over Five Years 48%


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