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Claims Adjusters, Examiner, and Investigators Salary Information

The salary statistics of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Claims Adjusters, Examiner, and Investigators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$37,540
25th Percentile Wage
$48,020
50th Percentile Wage
$63,680
75th Percentile Wage
$78,980
90th Percentile Wage
$95,760

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators is $95,760. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $37,540. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 155% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201663,6801.10%5.84%
201562,9801.21%-
201462,2201.66%-
201361,1902.01%-
201259,960--

Table 2. Claims Adjusters, Examiner, and Investigators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $73,850. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $44,000).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$73,850
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,680
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$66,560
Finance and Insurance
$61,870
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$61,770
Wholesale Trade
$60,990
Construction
$60,210
Educational Services
$59,160
Transportation and Warehousing
$56,970
Manufacturing
$56,560
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,990
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,420
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$51,010
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$44,000

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Claims Adjusters, Examiners, and Investigators by States

From the above tables we note that not only claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $34,570 to $80,070. The highest paying state for claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $80,070. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $34,570. For more salary information of claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$80,070
New Jersey
$73,360
Alaska
$72,050
Louisiana
$71,040
Rhode Island
$70,770
Maryland
$70,740
Colorado
$70,610
Connecticut
$69,640
Oregon
$69,070
Massachusetts
$68,770
California
$67,670
Mississippi
$67,150
Vermont
$67,150
Wyoming
$67,030
Texas
$66,900
Nevada
$66,470
Delaware
$66,140
Washington
$65,450
Illinois
$64,980
New York
$64,940
Michigan
$64,470
Ohio
$64,390
New Hampshire
$63,680
Arkansas
$63,000
Kansas
$62,580
Tennessee
$62,540
Missouri
$62,210
North Carolina
$61,390
Idaho
$61,230
Florida
$61,220
Alabama
$61,170
New Mexico
$60,940
South Dakota
$60,860
Virginia
$60,820
Pennsylvania
$60,700
Utah
$59,180
Hawaii
$59,060
Wisconsin
$58,970
Minnesota
$58,630
South Carolina
$58,570
Indiana
$58,140
Georgia
$57,250
Iowa
$57,050
West Virginia
$55,720
Maine
$55,710
Nebraska
$55,540
Oklahoma
$55,510
Arizona
$55,230
Montana
$50,220
Kentucky
$50,090
North Dakota
$46,820
Puerto Rico
$37,570
Guam
$34,570


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