Salary and Outlook
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 333,800 people employed as claims adjusters, examiners, and investigators in
the United States.
The median annual salary is $68,300.
Entry level employees earn approximately $41,950 per year and senior employees earn approximately $103,610
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.
- Conduct detailed bill reviews to implement sound litigation management and expense control.
- Examine titles to property to determine validity and act as company agent in transactions with property owners.
- Report overpayments, underpayments, and other irregularities.
- Verify and analyze data used in settling claims to ensure that claims are valid and that settlements are made according to company practices and procedures.
- Enter claim payments, reserves and new claims on computer system, inputting concise yet sufficient file documentation.
- Refer questionable claims to investigator or claims adjuster for investigation or settlement.
- Collect evidence to support contested claims in court.
- Confer with legal counsel on claims requiring litigation.
- Contact or interview claimants, doctors, medical specialists, or employers to get additional information.
- Maintain claim files, such as records of settled claims and an inventory of claims requiring detailed analysis.
- Present cases and participate in their discussion at claim committee meetings.
- Supervise claims adjusters to ensure that adjusters have followed proper methods.
- Communicate with reinsurance brokers to obtain information necessary for processing claims.
- Prepare reports to be submitted to company's data processing department.
- Obtain credit information from banks and other credit services.
- Examine claims forms and other records to determine insurance coverage.
- Analyze information gathered by investigation and report findings and recommendations.
- Review police reports, medical treatment records, medical bills, or physical property damage to determine the extent of liability.
- Investigate and assess damage to property and create or review property damage estimates.
- Interview or correspond with agents and claimants to correct errors or omissions and to investigate questionable claims.
- Interview or correspond with claimants, witnesses, police, physicians, or other relevant parties to determine claim settlement, denial, or review.
- Investigate, evaluate, and settle claims, applying technical knowledge and human relations skills to effect fair and prompt disposal of cases and to contribute to a reduced loss ratio.
- Adjust reserves or provide reserve recommendations to ensure that reserve activities are consistent with corporate policies.
- Resolve complex, severe exposure claims, using high service oriented file handling.
- Pay and process claims within designated authority level.
- Examine claims investigated by insurance adjusters, further investigating questionable claims to determine whether to authorize payments.