If you are an appraiser or assessor of real estate looking to find your perfect new home state, take a look into our list of the 25 best states for appraisers and assessors of real estate.
So, what exactly do appraisers and assessors of real estate do? In short, they decide the assessed value of property (land and/or buildings). Generally they visit sites to provide an estimate before the property is sold, taxed, developed, etc.
Becoming a real estate appraiser requires education and training. Positions will require at least a bachelor’s degree, as far as formal education, plus some sort of certification. Certification varies by state, but will require an exam. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary of a real estate appraiser is about $51,850 per year (about $24.93 hourly). Working conditions can vary for this field of work. While real estate dealings may seem like an office-specific job, many appraisers and assessors will actually travel to the sites they are currently working on.
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Deciding which states qualify as the best states for appraisers and assessors of real estate is not a simple task. Different factors matter more to different people. We decided to consult the Bureau of Labor Statistics for information on the average mean wage and the number of employed real estate appraisers and assessors in each state. We then sourced information on the cost of living index from Missouri Economic Research And Information Center. Considering all of these factors, we were able to sort our list.
It is not enough for a state to simply have a high average salary for its real estate appraisers and assessors. It must also be considered that the number of working real estate appraisers and assessors in the state may affect the number of job positions that are open to newcomers. On the other side of that argument, more employed real estate appraisers and assessors points to the possibility of a more steady stream of work available. The cost of living index can also not be considered alone. It is great to have a low cost of living, but this only matters if your salary is also not super low. A low cost of living paired with a high salary is the most advantageous situation. States falling into this category made the top of our list.
Without further ado, here is our list of 25 best states for appraisers and assessors of real estate.