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Real estate appraiser

Rank: 8 of 50
Top job in field: Collateral Appraiser II




Stress: A   /   Flexibility: B   /   Difficulty: B


Average pay: $66,216



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(includes bonus)

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50% in this career make more than:



25% in this career make more than:



Top potential compensation (5% make more):




10-year job growth: 22.78%

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Forecast 2014:


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Career description

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


Real Estate Appraiser

Why it's great The housing boom has meant beaucoup bucks for appraisers in recent years, but the field hasn't gotten as crowded as real estate brokerage.

And because valuations are needed whenever any property is sold, mortgaged, insured, taxed or developed, there's going to be work even when the market slows. A quarter of appraisers have steady nine-to-five government gigs assessing property for tax purposes.


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