Appraiser IV (#RB4304)
$42.76-$51.97 Hourly / $7,411.24-$9,008.41 Monthly / $88,934.94-$108,100.97 Yearly


Under general supervision, serves as head of section involved in appraising residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural or special purpose properties 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 first full supervisory level in the Appraiser series. Incumbents of this class are responsible for supervising a valuation section composed of several professional appraisers who carry out the County's real property appraisal program.


  • Plans, coordinates and supervises appraisal programs for a section of Appraisers within the Valuation Division; selects, schedules, assigns, directs and evaluates subordinate appraisal staff; reviews work for accuracy and completeness; assesses staff skills and assigns work accordingly.
  • Reviews property appraisal sheets and appraisal value computations for accuracy and inclusiveness; refers questionable appraisals back to employees for verification; instructs employees in changes of policy or procedure affecting appraisal work and in techniques of property appraisal.
  • Personally appraises the most difficult industrial and commercial property such as canneries, waterfront property, office buildings, and similar property; considers economic trends, replacement value, capitalized earning ability, and similar value indicators in arriving at appraisal value for tax assessment purposes.
  • Assists in coordinating appraisals with audits.
  • Explains appraisal process to corporate and other taxpayers.
  • Reviews and recommends modifications in appraisal procedures.



Experience:  One year as an Appraiser III, Auditor-Appraiser III, or higher level class in San Joaquin County service. 


Education:  Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university.

Experience:  Four years (within the last ten years) as a real property appraiser or auditor-appraiser, one year of which must have been at a level equivalent to an Appraiser III or Auditor-Appraiser III in San Joaquin County service.


Substitution:  Additional experience (within the last ten years) in accounting, auditing, appraising, building cost estimating or engineering may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.  (Experience in real estate sales or transfers will not be considered as real estate appraisal experience.)



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.


Special Requirement: Successful completion of: 1) an advanced income course offered by either the State Board of Equalization, the Appraisal Institute, or the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers; and 2) one additional advanced State Board of Equalization or equivalent appraisal course.


Organization and procedures of the Assessor's Office; common methods of describing real property; provisions of the State Constitution, Revenue and Taxation Code and the Assessor's Handbook pertaining to the assessment of real property for tax purposes; property values and the effect of economic trends on value and price and on the cost of construction of improvements; types and methods of construction of industrial and commercial buildings common to the area.


Conduct specialized technical appraisals of industrial, commercial, residential and mineral producing properties, using proper appraisal techniques; read and interpret blueprints, sketches and legal property descriptions; assemble and analyze appraisal data and analyze the factors influencing the changing valuation of real property; prepare correspondence and reports; make mathematical calculations; charts and descriptive sketches in connection with appraisal work; train and supervise subordinates; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others; effectively direct the work of other professions.


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: RB4304; EST: 8/1/1958; REV: 5/12/1999;