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What is an Assessor?

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

List of Assessor Job Duties

  • Hire staff members.
  • Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.
  • Maintain familiarity with aspects of local real estate markets.
  • Explain assessed values to property owners and defend appealed assessments at public hearings.
  • Serve on assessment review boards.
  • Provide sales analyses to be used for equalization of school aid.

Things an Assessor Should Know How to Do

Below is a list of the skills most Assessors say are important on the job.

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.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

Other Assessor Job Titles

  • Tangible Personal Property Appraiser
  • Easement Worker
  • County Assessor
  • Industrial Property Appraiser
  • Appraiser

Job Demand for Assessors

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 80,800 jobs in the United States for Assessor. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 14.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 11,600 new jobs for Assessor by 2026. The BLS estimates 6,700 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Assessor are Utah, Nevada, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Maryland, Alaska, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Assessor Average Salary

The typical yearly salary for Assessors is somewhere between $29,690 and $102,590.

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Assessors who work in District of Columbia, Nevada, or California, make the highest salaries.

How much do Assessors make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $54,340
Alaska $76,080
Arizona $49,330
Arkansas $45,180
California $84,130
Colorado $79,390
Connecticut $70,610
District of Columbia $93,730
Florida $53,900
Georgia $54,550
Hawaii $67,870
Idaho $53,090
Illinois $56,520
Indiana $48,740
Iowa $78,680
Kansas $56,800
Kentucky $46,740
Louisiana $52,310
Maine $60,120
Maryland $63,590
Massachusetts $70,150
Michigan $52,730
Minnesota $69,200
Mississippi $57,120
Missouri $55,190
Montana $46,490
Nebraska $71,370
Nevada $94,400
New Hampshire $70,840
New Jersey $73,200
New Mexico $44,710
New York $63,100
North Carolina $57,230
North Dakota $53,840
Ohio $69,650
Oklahoma $49,050
Oregon $69,040
Pennsylvania $59,830
South Carolina $54,130
South Dakota $49,100
Tennessee $57,320
Texas $59,310
Utah $52,280
Vermont $55,870
Virginia $60,420
Washington $69,770
West Virginia $40,710
Wisconsin $66,030
Wyoming $58,600

What Tools & Technology do Assessors Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Assessors:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Word processing software
  • Database software
  • Geomechanical design analysis GDA software
  • RealData Comparative Lease Analysis
  • Wilson’s Computer Applications RealEasy Appraisals
  • Softree Technical Systems Terrain Tools
  • Greenbrier Graphics Deed Plotter
  • a la mode WinTOTAL
  • Realty Tools Toolkit for Market Share
  • Govern Software Land and Permits Management System
  • Ascend Property Assessment
  • ValueTech Report Builder
  • Business Management Systems Municipal Geographic Management System MGMS

How to Become an Assessor

What kind of Assessor requirements are there?

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What work experience do I need to become an Assessor?

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Where Assessors Are Employed

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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