Recruitment #2103-0368DC-001


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.

Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed old world charm with a breathtaking Art Museum, top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


Under the direction of the Assessment Division Manager, the Property Appraiser 3 inspects residential properties for sale, permit and valuation review and assists in the valuation of Personal Property.

Careers with the Milwaukee Assessor’s Office

What an exciting time to be part of Milwaukee’s renaissance! With approximately 160,000 properties in the City of Milwaukee, the Assessor's Office has a big job completing its annual assessment. Fortunately, the Assessor’s Office is comprised of a professional, diverse team whose job it is to accurately and fairly value all taxable property in compliance with legal requirements as well as to provide service to the public, other city departments, and public agencies. 

If you are someone who enjoys performing field work, meeting new people, learning about Milwaukee’s varied neighborhoods, serving the public, using state-of-the-art technology, and being part of a helpful team, an assessment career with the Milwaukee Assessor’s Office may be just what you are seeking! In addition to rewarding work, team members enjoy job security, fair salaries, excellent benefits, variety, flexibility, and educational and promotional opportunities. Consider a career with the Milwaukee Assessor’s Office!

Essential Functions

Appraisal and Inspection

  • Analyze and list residential properties and personal property within the City of Milwaukee.
  • Estimate equitable market values for the production of an annual assessment roll.
  • Appraise real and personal property for assessment purposes using the sales comparison, cost, and income capitalization approaches.
  • Review estimated market values provided by the Assessor.
  • Inspect property (residences and buildings), new construction and major improvements to existing structure to establish value. Prepare documentation of completed inspections.

Analysis, Review, Recommendations and Records

  • Analyze trends and sale prices, construction costs and rents in order to assess property values and determine accuracy of assessments.
  • Classify property by its use, according to the Assessor’s Office standards.
  • Gather information about property by communicating with buyers and sellers, fielding sales, conducting rental surveys, examining leases, noting building occupancy and obtaining other economic information necessary to estimate market values of a real property.
  • Perform assessment reviews and investigate assessment appeals.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Assessors. Present testimony before the Board and Review and Circuit Court.
  • Maintain all office forms, reports and records.

Customer Focus

  • Provide prompt, courteous and customer focused service, information and assistance to departmental employees, the public, other city departments and other agencies; handle inquiries from property owners in person, over the phone and by e-mail.
  • Explain assessed values to property owners, leasing agents, managers and legal representatives.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Individuals who complete an application for general City employment on or after September 1, 2021 and are subsequently appointed to a position must provide proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19 (i.e., received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) or have an approved religious or medical accommodation within ten business days of their employment start date.
  • Must be able to visually see details of properties during inspections.
  • Must be able to physically able to lift and move up to 10 pounds unassisted on occasion.
  • Based upon each department’s responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and the needs of each department, employees may be expected to work from home intermittently or continuously. 

Minimum Requirements


1. Certified Residential Appraiser license at time of application. For more information on the Certified Residential Appraiser license go to:


Certification by the State of Wisconsin at the Property Appraiser level or higher under the State Assessor’s Certification Program within six months of appointment and throughout employment. For more information regarding the State of Wisconsin Property Appraiser certification go to:


Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Real Estate, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Communications, Graphic Information Systems (GIS), Geography or a closely related field, including at least one successfully completed course in Real Estate;


Two years of professional appraisal experience; which must include one year in an Assessor’s Office performing duties closely related to the essential function listed above;


Certification by the State of Wisconsin at the Property Appraiser level or higher under the State Assessor’s Certification Program at time of application and throughout employment. For more information regarding the State of Wisconsin Property Appraiser certification go to:

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

2. Valid driver’s license and availability of a properly insured personal vehicle for use on the job required at time of appointment and throughout employment.  Mileage reimbursement is provided

NOTE: To receive credit for the Certified Residential Appraiser license or the State of Wisconsin Property Appraiser level (or higher) certification, (as designated in #1 above), the applicable credential must be attached to the application by the application period closing date to be considered for the Property Appraiser 3 position. Applications without the applicable credential attached will be considered incomplete and will be rejected.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: To receive credit for college coursework, transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application. Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and may be rejected.  Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed. 

Desirable Qualifications

  • International Association of Assessing Officers designation.
  • Ability to provide interpretation for Spanish or Hmong speaking clients.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of principles, methods and techniques of real and personal property assessment and valuation.
  • Knowledge of basic mathematics such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Knowledge of materials and methods involved in the construction and repair of houses and buildings.
  • Knowledge of property tax laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of computer applications and software such as Excel, Word and Outlook.
  • Ability to use computer equipment and software such as a computer, scanner, copier, digital camera and phone.
  • Ability to interpret and apply the provisions of Wisconsin State Statute Chapter 70.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Effective oral communication skills to accurately communicate information to citizens, co-workers and other interested parties.
  • Written communication skills to develop professional/technical correspondences and reports.
  • Ability to effectively manage electronic communications.
  • Interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and fairly with people whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.

Judgement and Responsibility

  • Planning and organizing skills to accomplish goals and meet objectives.
  • Judgment and decision making skills.
  • Problem solving and problem recognition skills.
  • Ability to work effectively under stress.
  • Ability to work under statutory and office deadlines.
  • Ability to travel to work locations throughout the City.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Current Salary

Property Appraiser 3

The current salary range for Property Appraiser 3 (Pay Range 2DN) is $55,985-$59,411 annually, and the resident incentive salary for City of Milwaukee residents is $57,664-$61,194 annually. Recruitment is at the Property Appraiser 3 level however, placement above the minimum of the footnoted Property Appraiser 3 salary range is allowed commensurate with experience and credentials with approval.

NOTE: Promotional salary increases are at the minimum rate of pay for each specified Property Appraiser title and appointments will be made in accordance with the City of Milwaukee salary ordinance. See salary range chart below:


Salary Range

Resident Incentive Salary Range

Property Appraiser Promotional Series

Property Appraiser 1



Recruitment above the minimum is allowed commensurate with experience and credential with approval.

Property Appraiser 2



Property Appraiser 2 is a promotional opportunity for Property Appraiser 1. The promotional increase shall be to the minimum rate of the pay for this title.

Property Appraiser 3



Property Appraiser 3 is a promotional opportunity for Property Appraiser 1 and 2. The promotional increase shall be to the minimum rate of the pay for this title.

Property Appraiser 4



Property Appraiser 4 is a promotional opportunity for Property Appraiser 3. The promotional increase shall be to the minimum rate of the pay for this title.


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program
  • Alternative Work Schedules
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Paid Vacation
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement
  • Commuter Value Pass

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit:

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral or performance tests; or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations and the Assessor's Office reserve the right to call only the most qualified candidates to the oral examination. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

This is a continuous recruitment. Applications will be accepted and interviews held during 2021/22 as often as required to meet the needs of the City. Qualified applicants will be notified by email of the date, time and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee. Employment may be possible immediately following the examination if positions are vacant at that time. The names of successful candidates will be placed on the eligible list in a rank determined by the final grade without reference to the date of the examination. The names of candidates who pass all phases of the selection process may remain on an eligible list resulting from a continuous examination for up to six months. (Revised 05/04/2021)

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting,
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.  



EEO Code = 207

The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.