SOC: 13-2021.01


Appraise real and personal property to determine its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
85,800 employed

Projected (2024):
92,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Agricultural Appraiser
  • Appraiser
  • Assessor
  • Auditor Appraiser
  • Certified General Mass Real Estate Appraiser
  • City Assessor
  • Commercial Appraiser
  • Commercial Real Estate Appraiser
  • County Assessor
  • County Tax Assessor
  • Deputy Assessor
  • Director of Assessing
  • Easement Man
  • Easement Worker
  • Farm Appraiser
  • Field Appraiser
  • Field Assessor
  • Industrial Property Appraiser
  • Insurance Appraiser
  • Licensed Mass Real Estate Appraiser
  • Multi-Township Assessor
  • Personal Property Appraiser
  • Personal Property Assessor
  • Property Appraiser
  • Property Condition Assessor
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Real Estate Assessor
  • Real Property Appraiser
  • Real Property Evaluator
  • Residential Appraiser
  • Review Appraiser
  • Right of Way Appraiser
  • Sole Assessor
  • Supervising Appraiser
  • Tangible Personal Property Appraiser
  • Tax Appraiser
  • Tax Assessor
  • Utility Appraiser

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Determine taxability and value of properties, using methods such as field inspection, structural measurement, calculation, sales analysis, market trend studies, and income and expense analysis.
  • Inspect new construction and major improvements to existing structures to determine values.
  • Explain assessed values to property owners and defend appealed assessments at public hearings.
  • Inspect properties, considering factors such as market value, location, and building or replacement costs to determine appraisal value.
  • Prepare and maintain current data on each parcel assessed, including maps of boundaries, inventories of land and structures, property characteristics, and any applicable exemptions.
  • Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.
  • Conduct regular reviews of property within jurisdictions to determine changes in property due to construction or demolition.
  • Complete and maintain assessment rolls that show the assessed values and status of all property in a municipality.
  • Issue notices of assessments and taxes.
  • Review information about transfers of property to ensure its accuracy, checking basic information on buyers, sellers, and sales prices and making corrections as necessary.
  • Maintain familiarity with aspects of local real estate markets.
  • Analyze trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents, to assess property values or determine the accuracy of assessments.
  • Approve applications for property tax exemptions or deductions.
  • Establish uniform and equitable systems for assessing all classes and kinds of property.
  • Write and submit appraisal and tax reports for public record.
  • Serve on assessment review boards.
  • Hire staff members.
  • Provide sales analyses to be used for equalization of school aid.
  • Calculate tax bills for properties by multiplying assessed values by jurisdiction tax rates.
  • Supervise staff members.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Appraisal, mapping, and comparison data reporting systems
  • Desktop computers
  • Electronic flood maps
  • Electronic maps
  • Flood Insights
  • Handheld distance meters
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser measuring devices
  • Mapping and geographic analysis systems
  • Mapping or location-based analysis systems
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Real estate mapping and property description systems
  • Ultrasonic distance measurers
  • a la mode Pocket TOTAL
  • a la mode WinTOTAL
  • Apex IV Assessor
  • Apex IV Fee Appraiser
  • Apex MobileSketch
  • Ascend Property Assessment
  • Bradford ClickFORMS
  • Bruno Realty eNeighboorhoods
  • Business Management Systems Municipal Geographic Management System MGMS
  • Compass Municipal Services CAMAlot
  • Computer assisted mass appraisal CAMA software
  • Concierge Systems Report Concierge
  • CustomCAMA software
  • Emerald Data Deed-Chek
  • eTrac software
  • FBS Data Systems Flexmls
  • GCS Property Assessment and Tax Billing
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • Govern Software GovMap
  • Govern Software Land and Permits Management System
  • Greenbrier Graphics Deed Plotter
  • Hansen CAMA
  • HomeValue Plus software
  • Howard and Friends Computer CMA Plus
  • HP 49G+ Appraiser Fee Calculator
  • Informatik MapDraw Deed Mapper
  • Manatron MVP Tax
  • Manatron ProVal Plus
  • Mass appraisal records system MARS software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • MicroSolve CAMA
  • Midwest Appraisal Network software
  • Modellium PariTOP
  • Multiple listing service software
  • Online title search and property report software
  • ProMatch software
  • Real Edge Software
  • RealData Comparative Lease Analysis
  • Realty Tools Toolkit for Market Share
  • REI Wise Commercial
  • RPIS Silent CMA
  • Softree Technical Systems Terrain Tools
  • ValueTech Report Builder
  • Visual PAMSPro
  • Web browser software
  • Wilson's Computer Applications RealEasy Appraisals
  • Wilson's Computer Applications RealEasy Photos Plus
  • WinGap software

  • business and financial operations

    industry stats

    SOC: 13-0000

    Total Employed: 7,032,560

    Average Annual Salary: $73,800