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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a property appraiser. For example, did you know that they make an average of $26.21 an hour? That's $54,507 a year!

Between 2018 and 2028, the career is expected to grow 7% and produce 5,600 job opportunities across the U.S.

What Does a Property Appraiser Do

There are certain skills that many property appraisers have in order to accomplish their responsibilities. By taking a look through resumes, we were able to narrow down the most common skills for a person in this position. We discovered that a lot of resumes listed analytical skills, customer-service skills and math skills.

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a property appraiser, we found that a lot of resumes listed 12.2% of property appraisers included appraisal reports, while 12.1% of resumes included personal property, and 6.9% of resumes included property owners. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the property appraiser job title. But what industry to start with? Most property appraisers actually find jobs in the non profits and insurance industries.

How To Become a Property Appraiser

If you're interested in becoming a property appraiser, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 47.9% of property appraisers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 12.1% of property appraisers have master's degrees. Even though most property appraisers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a property appraiser. When we researched the most common majors for a property appraiser, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or associate degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on property appraiser resumes include master's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a property appraiser. In fact, many property appraiser jobs require experience in a role such as appraiser. Meanwhile, many property appraisers also have previous career experience in roles such as administrative assistant or store manager.

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Average Salary
$54,507
Average Salary
Job Growth Rate
7%
Job Growth Rate
Job Openings
3,180
Job Openings

Property Appraiser Career Paths

Top Careers Before Property Appraiser

Top Careers After Property Appraiser

Owner
11.4 %

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Average Salary for a Property Appraiser

Property Appraisers in America make an average salary of $54,507 per year or $26 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $76,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $38,000 per year.
Average Salary
$54,507

Best Paying Cities

City
ascdesc
Average Salarydesc
Eugene, OR
Salary Range40k - 77k$56k$55,631
Asheville, NC
Salary Range41k - 66k$52k$52,225
Ann Arbor, MI
Salary Range35k - 57k$45k$45,333
$35k
$77k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyascdescCompanyascdescStart DateascdescSalaryascdesc
Property Appraiser I
Property Appraiser I
Dekalb County
Dekalb County
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$37,83001/29/2021
$37,830
Property Appraiser Trainee
Property Appraiser Trainee
Douglas County
Douglas County
01/29/2021
01/29/2021
$28,30001/29/2021
$28,300
Commercial Property Appraiser
Commercial Property Appraiser
Carteret County
Carteret County
01/23/2021
01/23/2021
$37,23801/23/2021
$37,238
Property Appraiser
Property Appraiser
State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources
State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources
01/21/2021
01/21/2021
$49,85801/21/2021
$49,858
Commercial & Industrial Property Appraiser 2
Commercial & Industrial Property Appraiser 2
Multnomah County, Oregon
Multnomah County, Oregon
01/15/2021
01/15/2021
$70,54101/15/2021
$70,541
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Property Appraiser Demographics

Gender

male

59.5 %

female

34.1 %

unknown

6.4 %

Ethnicity

White

84.9 %

Hispanic or Latino

6.6 %

Black or African American

4.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0 %
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Property Appraiser Education

Majors

Business
27.3 %
Finance
6.4 %

Degrees

Bachelors

48.5 %

Certificate

17.2 %

Associate

16.2 %

Top Colleges for Property Appraisers

1. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

2. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

3. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

4. Maine Maritime Academy

Castine, ME • Public

In-State Tuition
$13,478
Enrollment
979

5. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

6. California State University - Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,309
Enrollment
9,142

7. SUNY at Binghamton

Vestal, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,808
Enrollment
13,990

8. Villanova University

Villanova, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,308
Enrollment
6,819

9. San Diego State University

San Diego, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,488
Enrollment
30,018

10. Bentley University

Waltham, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$49,880
Enrollment
4,177
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Top Skills For a Property Appraiser

The skills section on your resume can be almost as important as the experience section, so you want it to be an accurate portrayal of what you can do. Luckily, we've found all of the skills you'll need so even if you don't have these skills yet, you know what you need to work on. Out of all the resumes we looked through, 12.2% of property appraisers listed appraisal reports on their resume, but soft skills such as analytical skills and customer-service skills are important as well.

  • Appraisal Reports, 12.2%
  • Personal Property, 12.1%
  • Property Owners, 6.9%
  • Construction Projects, 6.5%
  • Tax Returns, 6.4%
  • Other Skills, 55.9%
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Best States For a Property Appraiser

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a property appraiser. The best states for people in this position are California, Alaska, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Property appraisers make the most in California with an average salary of $77,341. Whereas in Alaska and Rhode Island, they would average $67,837 and $66,599, respectively. While property appraisers would only make an average of $66,532 in Massachusetts, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. California

Total Property Appraiser Jobs:
487
Highest 10% Earn:
$145,000
Location Quotient:
1.5
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Washington

Total Property Appraiser Jobs:
88
Highest 10% Earn:
$115,000
Location Quotient:
1.08
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Nevada

Total Property Appraiser Jobs:
31
Highest 10% Earn:
$118,000
Location Quotient:
1.33
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Property Appraiser Employers

1. DeKalb County Jail
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$35,621
Property Appraisers Hired: 
5+
2. Harris County Appraisal District
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$40,669
Property Appraisers Hired: 
5+
3. Broward County Sheriff's Office
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$37,011
Property Appraisers Hired: 
5+
4. Arizona Department of Transportation
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$42,865
Property Appraisers Hired: 
5+
5. Orange County
4.6
Avg. Salary: 
$40,144
Property Appraisers Hired: 
4+
6. Fulton County Government Center
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$36,822
Property Appraisers Hired: 
3+
Updated October 2, 2020