Financial and Purchasing Management Careers | Property Appraiser / Assessor

Property Appraiser / Assessor

Career Area: Finance

Occupation Group: Banking and Lending


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An example would be the 25th percentile, 25 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 75 percent earn more than the estimated wage value. At the 75th percentile, 75 percent of workers employed in that occupation earn less and 25 percent earn more than the estimated wage value.

A typical Property Appraiser / Assessor earns the following wages (national and state):


The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $47,766

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.


The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $51,566

*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Determines the value of real property, including buildings and real estate or other personal or commercial property, as the basis for determining how much tax is owed. Assesses or calculates how much tax is owed, including property tax for homes, businesses or land, income tax, or tax owed for goods traded or imported internationally.

Employment Trends

The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.

Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:

North Carolina329+18.7%


A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:

Baseline Skills

The following are baseline skills every Property Appraiser / Assessor is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:

  • Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
  • Detail-Oriented: A detail oriented person is someone who pays attention to the details and can make a conscious effort to understand causes instead of just the effects, and that does this in a second nature type of way.
  • Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
  • Microsoft Excel: Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft Office is an office suite of applications, servers, and services developed by Microsoft.

Specialized Skills

These skills are specific to working in this career:

  • Field Inspection: It is a key method in the whole process of certification for the verification of the seed quality when the crop is standing in the field and is subjected to the vagaries of weather and exposed to other known and unknown factors affecting its quality.
  • Real Estate Experience: Working experience with Real Estate, most often refering to buildings or land intended to generate a profit, either from capital gain or rental income.
  • Customer Service: Working experience with the provision of service to customers before, during and after a purchase.
  • Scheduling: Working experience making schedules, which are basic time-management tools, consisting of a list of times at which possible tasks, events, or actions are intended to take place withing an organization.
  • Repair: Restoration of a broken, damaged, or failed device, equipment, part, or property to an acceptable operating or usable condition or state.

Distinguishing Skills

Any Property Appraiser / Assessor that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:

  • Property Tax: Working experience with property taxes, which are ad valorem taxes on the value of properties, usually levied on real estate.
  • Site Inspection: The collection of information from a Superfund site to determine the extent and severity of hazards posed by the site.
  • Property Inspection: Working experience of Property Inspection. A property inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home or property, often in connection with the sale of that home or property.


This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Experience Required%
0 to 2 years44%
3 to 5 years48%
6 to 8 years4%

Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.

Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.

Common Job Titles

It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:

  • Field Inspector
  • Appraiser
  • Independent Field Inspector
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Mortgage Field Inspector

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