Appraisers and assessors of real estate
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Overview
Appraisers and assessors of real estate provide a value estimate on land and buildings usually before they are sold, mortgaged, taxed, insured, or developed.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for appraisers and assessors of real estate are expected to grow by 14%, and should have about 7,100 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Appraisers and assessors of real estate are more likely to be automated than 75% of other careers.
Workforce size
Appraisers and assessors of real estate, with 80,800 workers, form a larger workforce than 60% of careers.
Education
About 55% of appraisers and assessors of real estate have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by appraisers and assessors of real estate
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More appraisers and assessors of real estate have bachelor's degrees than 72% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for appraisers and assessors of real estate is higher than 60% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most appraisers and assessors of real estate.
This job's median $55KAll jobs' median $39K$56K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 34% of appraisers and assessors of real estate -- that's a smaller percentage than 51% of other jobs.
Gender of appraisers and assessors of real estate
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For appraisers and assessors of real estate, the median men's salary was 31% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 9% of appraisers and assessors of real estate are minority, and 5% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of appraisers and assessors of real estate
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (5%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 40% of appraisers and assessors of real estate, and 46% have company-sponsored health insurance (27% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for appraisers and assessors of real estate
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 54% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of appraisers and assessors of real estate who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (51%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (33%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do appraisers and assessors of real estate earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for appraisers and assessors of real estate compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all appraisers and assessors of real estate, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for appraisers and assessors of real estate compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where appraisers and assessors of real estate work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Appraisers and assessors of real estate (ACS)
Private for-profit (30.0%)
Private not-for-profit (0.6%)
Local government (25.7%)
State government (4.2%)
Federal government (2.0%)
Self-employed incorporated (14.9%)
Self-employed not incorporated (22.4%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of appraisers and assessors of real estate by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
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Distribution: Salaries of appraisers and assessors of real estate by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
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Age and career advancement
Salary growth for appraisers and assessors of real estate

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Appraisers and assessors of real estate and gender

With 34% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 51% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Appraisers and assessors of real estate
Men (66%)
Women (34%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, and the difference for appraisers and assessors of real estate tops that, with the median salary for men 31% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Appraisers and assessors of real estate have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 80% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of appraisers and assessors of real estate

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority appraisers and assessors of real estate than for 94% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of appraisers and assessors of real estate
White (90% )
Black (4% )
Asian (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Hispanic (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate by nativity
$52K$56K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by appraisers and assessors of real estate

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), appraisers and assessors of real estate typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as appraisers and assessors of real estate as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for appraisers and assessors of real estate.

Education attained by appraisers and assessors of real estate
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High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for appraisers and assessors of real estate

Although requirements may vary by state, certified appraisers and assessors of residential or commercial property usually need at least a bachelor’s degree.

College courses in subjects such as economics, finance, mathematics, computer science, English, and business or real estate law can be useful for prospective appraisers and assessors.

Most states set education and experience requirements that assessors must meet in order to practice. A few states have no statewide requirements; instead, each locality sets the standards. In some localities, candidates may qualify with a high school diploma.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for appraisers and assessors of real estate

Federal law requires appraisers to have a state license or certification when working on federally related transactions, such as appraisals for loans made by federally insured banks and financial institutions. The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) offers information on appraisal licensing. There is no such federal requirement for assessors, although some states require certification. For state-specific requirements, applicants should contact their state board.

Real property appraisers usually value one property at a time, while assessors value many at once. However, both occupations use similar methods and techniques. As a result, assessors and appraisers tend to take the same courses for certification. In addition to passing a statewide examination, candidates must usually complete a set number of on-the-job hours.

The credential level determines what type of property a person may appraise. The four federal appraiser classifications are as follows:

    • Licensed Trainee Appraiser

    • Licensed Residential Appraiser

    • Certified Residential Appraiser

    • Certified General Appraiser

Many states offer a Licensed Trainee Appraiser credential to candidates working toward licensure or certification. Training programs vary by state, but they usually require candidates to take at least 75 hours of specified appraiser education before applying for a job as a trainee.

Many states offer the Licensed Residential Appraiser. With this license, a qualified person may appraise noncomplex one-to-four unit residences with a value of less than $1 million and complex one-to-four unit residences with a value of less than $250,000. A candidate must have the following qualifications to get this license:

    • 30 semester hours of college-level education

    • 150 hours of appraiser-qualifying education

    • 2,000 hours of on-the-job training completed over at least 1 year

Being a Certified Residential Appraiser is the minimum requirement to appraise a one to four unit residential property with a loan amount over $250,000. A candidate must have the following qualifications to get this certificate:

    • Bachelor’s degree

    • 200 hours of appraiser-specific qualifying education

    • 2,500 hours of work experience completed over at least 2 years

Being a Certified General Appraiser permits a person to appraise real property of any type and any value. A candidate must have the following qualifications to get this certificate:

    • Bachelor’s degree

    • 300 hours of appraiser-specific qualifying education

    • 3,000 hours of work experience completed over at least 2½ years (1,500 hours must be in nonresidential appraisal work)

For all of these credentials, except the Trainee License credential, candidates must have the following qualifications:

    • Have 15 hours of instruction on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice

    • Pass an exam

Unlike appraisers, assessors have no federal requirement for certification. In states that mandate certification for assessors, the requirements are usually similar to those for appraisers. For example, the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) offers the Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE). This designation covers topics that include property valuation for tax purposes, property tax administration, and property tax policy. Applicants are required to have a bachelor's degree prior to obtaining the designation.

For those states that do not require certification for assessors, individual companies often require the candidate to take basic appraisal courses, complete on-the-job training, and meet the work-hours requirements for appraisal licenses or certificates. Many assessors also have a state appraiser license or credential.

Assessors tend to start working in an assessor's office that provides on-the-job training; smaller municipalities are often unable to provide this work experience. An alternate source of experience for aspiring assessors is working for a revaluation firm.

Both appraisers and assessors must take continuing education courses to keep the license or certification. Exact requirements vary by state and certification.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for appraisers and assessors of real estate? Below we see the distribution of appraisers and assessors of real estate salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as appraisers and assessors of real estate, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$48K$49K$51K$63K$63K$0$50K$100K$150KHigh School (10%)Some College (25%)Associate's Degree (9%)Bachelor's Degree (45%)Master's Degree (8%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by appraisers and assessors of real estate

This table shows the college majors held by people working as appraisers and assessors of real estate. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
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Percentage of Appraisers and assessors of real estate with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
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Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
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Women
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as appraisers and assessors of real estate, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by appraisers and assessors of real estate given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for appraisers and assessors of real estate

What jobs will most appraisers and assessors of real estate hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of appraisers and assessors of real estate reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Appraisers and assessors of real estateReal estate brokers and sales agentsManagers (specialized areas)Real estate managersSales workersOffice and administrative support workersGeneral office clerksChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersBookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for appraisers and assessors of real estate

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as appraisers and assessors of real estate as well as 1% of respondents after working as appraisers and assessors of real estate. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for appraisers and assessors of real estate: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as appraisers and assessors of real estate? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of appraisers and assessors of real estate surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

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Prior jobs
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Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Appraisers and assessors of real estate typically do the following:

  • Verify legal descriptions of real estate properties in public records
  • Inspect new and existing properties, noting the characteristics
  • Photograph the interior and exterior of properties
  • Analyze “comparables,” or similar nearby properties, to help provide values
  • Prepare written reports on the property values
  • Prepare and maintain current data on each real estate property

Appraisers and assessors work in localities that they are familiar with so that they know any environmental or other concerns that may affect the property's value.

Appraisers typically value one property at a time, and they often specialize in a certain type of real estate:

  • Commercial appraisers specialize in income-producing properties, such as office buildings, stores, and hotels.
  • Residential appraisers focus on appraising properties in which people live, such as single unit homes and condominiums. They only appraise properties that house one to four units.

When evaluating a property's value, appraisers note the characteristics of the property and surrounding area, such as a view or noisy highway nearby. They also consider the overall condition of a building, including its foundation and roof or any renovations that may have been done. Appraisers photograph the outside of the building and some of the interior features to document its condition. After visiting the property, the appraiser analyzes the property relative to comparable home sales, including lease records, location, view, previous appraisals, and income potential. During the entire process, appraisers record their research, observations, and methods used in providing an estimate of the property’s value.

Assessors value properties for property tax assessments. Most work for local governments. Unlike appraisers, who generally focus on one property at a time, assessors often value an entire neighborhood of homes at once by using mass appraisal techniques and computer-assisted appraisal systems.

Assessors must be up to date on tax assessment procedures. Taxpayers sometimes challenge the assessed value because they feel they are being charged too much for property tax. Assessors must be able to defend the accuracy of their property assessments, either to the owner directly or at a public hearing.

Assessors also keep a database of every property in their jurisdiction, identifying the property owner, assessment history, and characteristics of the property, as well as property maps detailing the property distribution of the jurisdiction.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of appraisers and assessors of real estate? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Analytical skills
Appraisers and assessors of real estate use many sources of data when valuing a property. As a result, they must carefully research and analyze all factors before estimating a value and producing a final written report.
Customer-service skills
Because appraisers must regularly interact with clients, being polite and friendly is important. In addition, these characteristics may help expand future business opportunities.
Math skills
Accurately analyzing real estate data includes such steps as calculating square footage of land and building space, so workers must have good math skills.
Organizational skills
To successfully accomplish all the tasks related to appraising and assessing a property, appraisers and assessors of real estate need good organizational skills.
Problem-solving skills
Appraising or assessing a property's value may involve unexpected problems. The ability to develop and apply an alternative solution is crucial to successfully completing the appraisal and report on time.
Time-management skills
Appraisers and assessors of real estate often work under time constraints, sometimes appraising many properties in a single day. As a result, managing time and meeting deadlines are important.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for appraisers and assessors of real estate was higher than 60% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for appraisers and assessors of real estate are anticipated to grow by 14% over the next decade; only 13% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for appraisers and assessors of real estate is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most appraisers and assessors of real estate? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as appraisers and assessors of real estate. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where appraisers and assessors of real estate earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for appraisers and assessors of real estate.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which appraisers and assessors of real estate earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the dots below to find other jobs you might like. The dots closer to the top represent jobs that are like Appraisers and assessors of real estate (shown with a blue star). Look for the dots to the right to find the best salaries! (We pulled salary data from BLS, and they give a top salary value of just over $200K to protect privacy, so our graph would go much higher if the salaries were not top coded.)

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