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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Utility Appraiser
  • Tax Assessor
  • Tax Appraiser
  • Tangible Personal Property Appraiser
  • Supervising Appraiser
  • Sole Assessor
  • Right of Way Appraiser
  • Review Appraiser
  • Residential Appraiser
  • Real Property Evaluator
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What They Do

  • Hire staff members.
  • Serve on assessment review boards.
  • Supervise 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.
  • Approve applications for property tax exemptions or deductions.
  • Issue notices of assessments and taxes.
  • Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.
  • Maintain familiarity with aspects of local real estate markets.
  • Conduct regular reviews of property within jurisdictions to determine changes in property due to construction or demolition.


People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CEI.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising and Investigative environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Preparation Required

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


In 2017, the average annual wage in California was $81,050 with most people making between $43,400 and $122,630


avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 5,600 people in California. It is projected that there will be 6,000 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 40 openings due to growth and about 90 replacement openings for approximately 130 total annual openings.