Job Description

***NOTE*** To be considered for this position, please apply at the Skagit County Job Opportunity site:



This description represents the progressive positions of entry to upper level residential, field appraiser positions. Each level of advancement requires the essential functions, knowledge, and skills of the preceding level in addition to those of the higher position. All positions involve inspection and appraisal of real property, with each advanced level having increased complexity of properties being appraised. Progressive advancements are based on the increased level of experience, education, production, and competence of the appraiser. Advancement is performance based and at the recommendation of the Senior Residential Appraiser and Elected Assessor, and subject to budget availability. A satisfactory performance evaluation in the current position is required for progression promotions.


– Salary upon hire is shown as below (Steps 1-3, depending upon qualifications).

Residential Appraiser Trainee- Range 10- $23.64 -$25.32

Residential Appraiser I- Range 11- $25.32-$27.15

Residential Appraiser II- Range 12- $27.15-$29.08

Residential Appraiser III- Range 13 – $29.08-$31.14


– Progressive increases are based upon years of service with Skagit County, up to step 8 of the District Court, Courthouse & Parks Teamsters Union salary schedule. Top Steps are indicated below:

Residential Appraiser Trainee- Range 10- $30.11/hr.

Residential Appraiser I- Range 11- $32.22/hr.

Residential Appraiser II- Range 12- $34.54/hr.

Residential Appraiser III- Range 13 – $37.07/hr.



Residential Appraiser Trainee

Perform field inspections of new and existing residential structures and land to establish value for tax purposes, under the guidance of accredited residential staff.


Residential Appraiser I

Accumulate and analyze market data to determine fair market value of residential, recreational, agricultural, and multi-family properties demonstrating an advanced skill and knowledge level in analytical and appraisal techniques. Also appraise complex residential, agricultural and neighborhood commercial properties. Communicate with the public to explain procedures and answer questions pertaining to values established.


Residential Appraiser II

Provide training and act as a resource for less experienced residential appraisers.


Residential Appraiser III

Provide technical assistance in the analysis and handling of cost & land table definition, tax appeals, and statistical updates.



Residential Appraiser Trainee

Locate and inspect residential, recreational, farm multi-family and neighborhood commercial properties including residential and commercial structures, outbuildings, land and mobile homes in assigned area to determine the fair market value as a basis for tax assessment.

Take digital images and measurements of residential, commercial and related structures. Determine quality, depreciation, land usage and external factors affecting property values.

Determine property boundaries by using various maps, legal descriptions and aerial imagery.

Enter data from inspections into assessor CAMA system to calculate fair market value. Assure results reflect value consistent with comparable properties and market indicators.

Prepare and submit neighborhood and appraisal reports with supporting documentation.

Respond to citizen inquiries and provide information regarding appraisal techniques and explain how values are established.


Residential Appraiser I

Research and analyze market values by a variety of means, such as comparable sales, construction costs, depreciation schedules, zoning, flood areas, and city limits. Establish values by using accepted appraisal principles and mass appraisal techniques including statistical analysis and assessment ratio studies.

Prepare and make presentations in response to appeals of the assessed value to the Board of Equalization and to the State Board of Tax Appeals. Provide information regarding appraisal methods and explain what factors were considered in valuing the subject property.


Residential Appraiser II

Provide statistical and comparative sales reports as required.

Provide training and guidance as directed by the Senior Residential Appraiser. Serve as a review appraiser for designated appraisers. Serve as a resource for less experienced appraisers.


Residential Appraiser III

Assist the Senior Residential Appraiser to monitor the work of residential appraisers to assure that the revaluation assignments are completed in a timely manner.

Prepare Sales Ratio Studies.



Residential Appraiser Trainee and Residential Appraiser I

Attend appropriate training or seminars to update job skills and information.

Performs related duties as assigned.*

* Related duties as assigned are duties that may not be specifically listed in the position description, but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.


Residential Appraiser II

Gather local building cost data for residential structures, mobile homes, farm buildings and land development. Prepare cost schedules and land valuation tables as required for entry into the assessor CAMA system.

Review existing tables and recommend changes where needed.

Research sales data and prepare information in support of statistical updates.


Residential Appraiser III

Review appeal responses of junior appraisers to the Board of Equalization to ensure consistency and professionalism.

Value lots within new plats using new or existing land tables.

Assist Senior Residential Appraiser to review and update policies and procedures for the residential appraisal staff.



These positions have no direct supervisory responsibilities.


***NOTE*** To be considered for this position, please apply at the Skagit County Job Opportunity site:



High school diploma or GED; and
Any equivalent combination of advanced education and experience to provide necessary skills, knowledge, and ability to perform work.


Required Experience/Required Certifications

Residential Appraiser Trainee

Minimum of one (1) year of experience in transactions involving real property, appraisal, or assessment of real property. May combine all categories to total one year.

Ability to pass IAAO 101 (Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal) within 1 year of hire


Residential Appraiser I

Minimum one (1) year of residential appraisal experience

IAAO 101 and Accreditation Certificate for Real Property Appraiser and/or Real Property Appraise License as required by the State of Washington


Residential Appraiser II

Minimum of three (3) years of residential appraisal experience

Completion of Universal Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and IAAO 102 (Income Approach to Valuation) Minimum of 105 class hours of state sponsored or professionally approved appraisal course work


Residential Appraiser III

Five (5) years of general appraisal experience. Demonstrate the ability to appraise all types of residential, multi-family, transitional and neighborhood commercial properties

IAAO 300 (Fundamentals of Mass Appraisal) Minimum of 165 class hours of state sponsored or professionally approved appraisal course work



Residential Appraiser Trainee

Construction characteristics, terminology, and standards.
Market factors related to real estate and the local economy.
Mathematical calculations including algebra, geometry and statistics.


Residential Appraiser I

State laws (RCW’s) that apply to assessment and local rules regarding zoning, land use, critical areas and development restrictions.
Appraisal methods and practices in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).


Residential Appraiser II

Regulations and procedures for appealing assessed value to the Board of Equalization and the State Board of Tax Appeals.


Residential Appraiser III

Procedures for appraising complex residential and commercial property and the ability to teach others



Residential Appraiser Trainee

Have strong organizational, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills.
Work well within a collaborative team environment.
Provide customer service with a dedication to integrity, equity and professionalism.
Utilize computer skills related to data entry and working with Microsoft Office Outlook, Word and Excel.
Use a measuring tape and camera for field recording.


Residential Appraiser I

Read and understand building construction plans, specifications and blueprints.
Read and interpret maps, aerial images and legal descriptions.
Write professional appraisal reports and responses to taxpayer appeals.


Residential Appraiser II

Instruct others regarding appraisal methods and interpreting market data.


Residential Appraiser III

Analyze and interpret statistical data related to measurements of central tendency, variation and uniformity.



A valid Washington State driver’s license.

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