Appraiser I (#RB4301)
$26.11-$31.73 Hourly / $4,525.45-$5,500.71 Monthly / $54,305.40-$66,008.56 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, learns to perform office and field work designed to provide training and experience in the appraisal of real property for tax assessment purposes; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Appraiser series. An employee in this class is given instruction in the basics of appraisal of real property for tax assessment purposes and works under close supervision. As knowledge and experience are gained, supervision becomes more general and duties less routine.


  • Learns to make routine appraisals of real property; measures, plots, and describes construction characteristics of residential buildings; classifies structures according to quality of construction, shape, and use; estimates construction costs and depreciation according to published cost criteria; assembles and analyzes sales, neighborhood and economic data relating to the area in which work is being performed, and incorporates this analysis into the appraisal; correlates the indicators of value obtained to determine market value of real properties being appraised. 
  • Learns to perform office duties relating to appraisals, such as maintenance of forms, records, and computations. 
  • May confer with property owners, contractors, real estate agents, bankers, and others regarding building and land costs, sale and resale values. 
  • May investigate complaints, and report and make recommendations on the basis of findings. 
  • Attends training classes and seminars designed to prepare for State Certification as an Appraiser for tax assessment purposes.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.
Substitution A: Experience within the last ten years in accounting, auditing, appraising, building cost estimating, engineering, or as a licensed real estate broker with full responsibility for buying, selling, leasing, or managing real estate may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Substitution B: Clerical or other work in the appraisal or auditing process in a county assessor's office may be substituted for the required education on the basis of three years of such experience being equivalent to two years of education.

License: Possession of a valid California driver's license.
Certificates: A permanent Appraiser's Certificate issued by the State Board of Equalization must be obtained by an employee in this class within the first year of employment.


Basic principles of clear writing; mathematics, including percentages and ratios, fractions, and formulas for determining areas and volumes; basic geometry; fundamentals of data organization; how to read a map; and how to drive safely.


Work accurately; think systematically and apply good judgement; maintain tactful, courteous, and friendly relations with the public; understand the viewpoints of others; make oneself understood verbally; read and understand job-related material; write and print legibly; effectively utilize supervision and training; and work conscientiously with minimum supervision.


Mobility-Frequent operation of keyboards, sitting for extended periods, standing for long periods, walking; Lifting-Frequently 20 pounds or less; Vision-Good vision; frequent reading and close-up work; normal hand and eye coordination; Dexterity-Normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing and talking on the telephone and in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent public contact and decision making; frequent concentration required; Special Conditions-May require occasional overtime, weekend or evening work.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RB4301; EST: 8/1/1958; REV: 5/12/1999;