catastrophe CAT adjuster learning the trade at VAS Veteran Adjusting School

By Guy Grand

What Are CAT Adjusters? – Answered Here

What Are CAT Adjusters? 

You may have heard the term CAT adjuster and said to yourself, “What in the world are CAT adjusters?” Well, you’re in luck. We’re about to answer that question and it has nothing to do with felines.

CAT Adjusting

Catastrophe or CAT adjusters are a specific type of insurance claims adjuster that is deployed to a catastrophic event. This could be a hurricane, hailstorm, flood, wildfire or any major storm event that requires insurance companies to deploy independently contracted CAT adjusters to the affected region.

These insurance adjusters will go from house to house performing inspections. These inspections determine how much compensation the insurance customer is entitled to under their policy.

CAT adjusters income averages between $70k – $100k during the storm season that typically lasts 6 – 9 months. In fact, a common phrase among adjusters is “make 6 figures in 6 months.” As they are paid per claim closed, this will depend on their ability to close claims.

Despite the high earning potential and long vacation time, catastrophe adjusting can be a demanding career. The adjusters are deployed to a catastrophe for weeks to months at a time where they will typically work long days. The work involved can be both physically and mentally taxing. It takes dedication, hard work, organization, and self-motivation in order to be successful in the field.

This career can be difficult to get into unless you have the proper training and connections. There is one adjusting school that not only has a high level of training, but can boast over 95% job placement for their graduates.


(VAS) Veteran Adjusting School is an innovative CAT adjuster school that utilizes interactive learning methods along with a traditional learning approach to bring a fully comprehensive training course. This includes a real world storm simulation where students will perform real inspections.

VAS has built partnerships with firms and agencies that are willing to hire their students right out of school. This is because of the high level of education received at the school. However, it is also because VAS isn’t looking for students, they are looking for commitment.

CAT adjusting isn’t for everyone. Do you have what it takes?


By Preston Sexton

Major Preston Sexton, USA Ret. – VAS graduate 2016

VAS is definitely as advertised. In fact, they probably offer more than you’re currently expecting from the training, mentoring, and resources aspect. Before attending the training I wouldn’t have believed I could have accomplished the objectives set out in the training.  But through the knowledge of the instructors and the phenomenal way the training is delivered, even the most inexperienced person is provided with the tools needed to succeed.  I am so grateful that VAS was available and that I was able to attend. The lessons were spot on and definitely have prepared me to be effective in the field right away.

As a Veteran, I was a bit nervous about my transition out of the military.  When I started my research on future employment I had no idea what industry was right for me or the skills that I’d spent 20 years attaining.  When I chose insurance adjusting I had no clue what that really meant until I came across the VAS website.  From that point on the transition from Active Duty to VAS student to CAT adjuster has been an extremely smooth one.

If you are concerned about opportunities once you graduate from VAS, I’d acknowledge those concerns are warranted.  However, trust the Instructors and former students when they say there are plenty of opportunities in this field.  Whether you choose to work as an Independent Adjuster or as a Staff Adjuster (as I currently am), you will definitely be more than prepared, have skills above and beyond even some of the most seasoned adjusters, and have the opportunity to make GREAT money.
– Major Preston Sexton, USA Ret. – VAS graduate 2016

CAT Adjuster, Catastrophe Adjuster

By Guy Grand

4 Reasons You Should Consider CAT Adjusting

Not many people are familiar with catastrophe (or CAT) adjusting. It has been a pretty well-hidden career for a long time. Recently however the need for CAT Adjusters has grown. First off, you might be thinking, “what is catastrophe adjusting?”

What Is Catastrophe Insurance Adjusting?

When a hurricane, wildfire, hail storm or any other natural disaster occurs, insurance agencies send out independent catastrophe adjusters to estimate how much compensation the customer is entitled to under their policy. The adjusters are typically deployed to the affected region for weeks or months at a time running claims for the policyholders.

4 Reasons You Should Consider Catastrophe Adjusting

1. High Paying Job

   CAT adjusters have great earning potential. In as little as 6 months a hardworking adjuster can make up to 6 figures. The typical income ranges between $70,000 – $100,000. The actual pay depends on the storm season and the work ethic of the adjuster since they are paid per claim closed.

2. Self Employed

  Catastrophe adjusters are mostly independent contractors. They are paid by the insurance agencies but work for themselves. They make their own hours and can work at their own pace within limits. For most, that is a quick pace as they are trying to close as many claims as possible.

3. A Lot Of Vacation Time

  What’s the point of making a lot of money if you can’t enjoy it? Well, CAT adjusters generally work during the storm season which lasts about 6 – 9 months. That leaves 6 – 3 months off. However, if that isn’t enough work, catastrophe adjusters can also work day claims directly for insurance agencies in the off time as well.

4. Helping People

  CAT adjusters bring help when people need it the most. After the storm has hit, adjusters help people back on their feet by providing the compensation they desperately need.

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catastrophe CAT adjuster learning the trade at VAS Veteran Adjusting School
What Are CAT Adjusters? – Answered Here
Major Preston Sexton, USA Ret. – VAS graduate 2016
CAT Adjuster, Catastrophe Adjuster
4 Reasons You Should Consider CAT Adjusting