How Much do Real Estate Appraisers Make in Georgia? (Trainee| Residential| Commercial)


Income guide of real estate appraiser in Georgia

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Real estate appraisers in Georgia make an average yearly income of $62,900. The income range typically ranges between $38,110 and $79,600. Top earning Georgia appraisers make over $97,070. (-)

Real estate appraisers are not paid by commission. Rather they are usually paid a flat fee or compensated by the time to complete the assignment.

This fee structure helps ensure that the appraiser’s only motivation is to provide an accurate estimate of a property’s value rather than earning a commission from the sale. Thus, it minimizes any potential conflicts of interest that could arise.

In this guide, I will uncover how much do real estate appraisers make in Georgia, the areas with top-earning appraisers, and whether being a commercial or residential appraisers has any effect on the income.

Source: (-) Bureau of Labor Statistics (May, 2021)

Video Summary of Real Estate Appraisers Income in Georgia

Income Demographics of Real Estate Appraisers in Georgia

Income Demographics of Real Estate Appraisers in Georgia

How Much do Trainee Appraisers Make in Georgia?

Real estate trainee appraisers in Georgia make an average yearly income of $27,961. The income typically ranges between $21,512 and $35,853. Top earning trainees are making as high as $39,438 per year. (*)

At the beginning phase of your real estate appraisal career, you probably would not make a lot because you would be working as a trainee under the supervision of another Certified Appraiser.

However, the payout for evaluating the commercial real estates could be more lucrative, so that they might be able to compensate you better even when you’re just working as a trainee. One of the appraisers I spoke to said that CBRE, Colliers, JLL, and Cushman routinely hire trainees. You may check whether they are hiring in your area.

As you continue to accumulate work experience and obtain the necessary licensing (i.e., Certified Residential/General Appraiser License), you should be able to notice a significant improvement in your earnings.

Source: (*) ZipRecruiter (April 12, 2022)

The first step to your appraisal career is to complete the pre-licensing courses from a trusted education provider. McKissock Learning received an incredible rating from its students, and their online lessons are taught by instructors who have actual experience in the appraisal industry. You may click here to find out more about their courses. (**)

How Much do Residential Real Estate Appraisers Make in Georgia?

Residential Real Estate Appraiser thinking about income potential

Residential real estate appraisers in Georgia make an average yearly income of $55,867, typically range between $46,609 and $67,225. Top earners are making as high as $79,773 per year. (*)

A residential real estate appraiser is a professional who assesses the value of properties, such as houses or apartment units. You may appraise homes for a buyer or a mortgage lender by performing market research on comparable homes in similar areas sells for.

You may also work for a government agency, such as a county appraiser’s office or housing authority, or an appraisal firm to perform similar duties.

If the residential market is the niche you are pursuing, consider obtaining the Certified Residential Appraiser License. It gives you a broader scope of work than being a Licensed Residential Appraiser – thus, leading you to greater income potential.

Source: (*) ZipRecruiter (April 12, 2022)

How much do real estate appraisers make per appraisal in Georgia?

Residential Real Estate Appraiser thinking about business volume

According to HomeAdvisor, real estate appraisers make an average of $290 to $365 per home appraisal in Georgia. Let’s take an median fee of $328.

Then you would need to complete 170 (= $55,867 div by $328 ) home appraisals per year to earn an average annual income of $55,867, which works out to be 14 appraisals per month or 3 to 4 appraisals per week.

However, if your work order is obtained from Appraisal Management Companies (AMC), you may need to share a portion of the appraisal fee with them for referring the business to you. Thus, you may need to complete a greater volume of appraisals to achieve your desired income level.

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Residential Real Estate Appraisers in Georgia

CityAnnual Salary
Sandy Springs$62,672
Atlanta$62,462
Macon$60,966
Roswell$59,974
Cumming$56,800
Augusta$55,779
Warner Robins$55,775
Savannah$54,045
Athens$53,722
Gainesville$52,309

Residential Real Estate Appraisers in Sandy Springs has the highest average income among all cities in Georgia, earning $6,804 (12.2%) more than the state average ($55,867), then followed by Atlanta and Macon ranking the second and third.

Source: ZipRecruiter (April 12, 2022)

How Much do Commercial Real Estate Appraisers Make in Georgia?

Alabama commercial real estate appraiser talking about income potential

Commercial real estate appraisers in Georgia earn an average yearly income of $102,599, typically range between $88,249 and $117,697. Top earning CRE appraisers are making $131,442 per year. (+)

The role of a commercial real estate appraiser is to provide an objective and unbiased opinion on the value of a property based on market data, comparable sales, income analysis, and other relevant factors.

Unlike residential real estate appraisers, which focus on home valuation, CRE appraisers have a much broader scope of work, such as office space, retail stores, warehouses, hotels, golf courses, industrial properties, etc.

To become a commercial real estate appraiser, you must obtain the Certified General Appraiser license. This is the highest appraiser license you could get, which requires extensive work hours, pre-licensing education, and passing an exam.

Furthermore, if you aim to achieve greater recognition in the appraisal industry, you may consider obtaining the MAI designation. Many clients would prefer hiring an appraiser with such credentials for high-value projects or complex assignments.

According to HomeAdvisor, MAI appraisals are often completed for commercial properties, which cost between $2,000 to $10,000.

Source: (+) Salary.com (March 29, 2022)

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Different data sources report different NY appraisers income figures

Average SalaryBureau of Labor StatisticsZipRecruiterSalary.com
Real Estate Appraiser $62,900$76,033N/A
Residential Real Estate Appraiser N/A$55,867 $54,651
Commercial Real Estate Appraiser N/A$52,966$102,599

Most of the data in this article are obtained from different sources such as Bureau of Labor Statistics, Salary.com and ZipRecruiter. As you can see, there is quite a discrepancy among various sources.

Perhaps, it really depends on the appraisers in the sample. After all, their experience in the appraisal field, license level, and the real estate niche they specialize in could be different from one another.

But to confirm the validity of the figures, I also reviewed figures from other different sites. Below are some job postings I found on indeed.com, which should give you a more updated idea of real estate appraisers’ income in the current market.

Job TitleIncome RangeEmployerCity
Real Estate Appraiser (Full time)$45,000 to $250,000 /yearTrue FootageAtlanta
Real Estate Appraiser (Full time)$40,907 to $57,949 /yearHenry CountyMcDonough
Appraisal Data Collector (Full time)$38,060 to $57,090 /yearFulton CountyFulton County
Property Appraiser $47,742 to $71,614 /yearFulton CountyFulton County
Appraiser$18.73 an hourColumbia CountyColumbia County
Certified Residential Appraiser$70,000 to $170,000 /yearAccurity ConsolidatedAtlanta
Certified Staff Appraiser$100,000 to $150,000 /yearCoreLogicAtlanta

Here are more incredible resources to learn about the Georgia real estate appraisal career!

This article is part of the “Georgia Real Estate Appraiser Career Series.” If you want to know more about being a real estate appraiser in Georgia, the following articles would be helpful to you: 

If you are reading up to this point, I bet you must be interested in the real estate appraiser profession. Your first step is to complete the pre-licensing courses. You should select one that has an excellent reputation and long-term track record of satisfying students. McKissock is exactly that! You may click here to check it out yourself. (**)

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Reference:

  • ZipRecruiter (April 12, 2022)
    • Commercial Real Estate Appraiser Salary in Georgia (source)
    • Residential Real Estate Appraiser Salary in Georgia (source)
    • Real Estate Appraiser Salary in Georgia (source)
    • Appraiser Trainee Salary in Georgia (source)
  • Salary.com (March 29, 2022)
    • Appraiser (Commercial Real Estate) Salary in Georgia (source)
    • Appraiser (Residential Real Estate) Salary in Georgia (source)
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics – Property Appraiser and Assessors (source)
  • HomeAdvisor – How Much Does A Home Appraisal Cost? (source)
  • RedFin – Georgia Housing Market (source)
  • Indeed – Real Estate Appraiser Georgia (source)

Jacob Coleman

Jacob is a content writer and a real estate investor. He has experience working with different real estate professionals throughout the years. (i.e., appraisers, real estate agents, property managers, home inspectors.) In order to build a career you love, Jacob believes not only you need a thorough understanding about the profession, but you also have to find out what type of jobs could match your personality, lifestyle and expectation.

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