Auctioneer

License required by 30 states

68th most burdensome licensing requirements.

47th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Auctioneers appraise and estimate the value of items, such as paintings, antiques, jewelry, cameras, musical instruments, machinery and fixtures for loan, insurance or sale purposes and may sell merchandise at auction.1

Thirty states require a license to work as an auctioneer. On average, these laws cost aspiring auctioneers $278 in fees and 94 days in education and experience and require them to pass an exam—the 68th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied. However, because auctioneers are licensed by more than half of states, the occupation ranks as the 47th most widely and onerously licensed.

License requirements vary widely across states. Tennessee has the most burdensome requirements at about 756 days lost to education and experience (two years of experience as an apprentice and 110 hours of auction education), two exams, and $750 in fees. At the other end of the spectrum, Missouri requires only payment of a $52 fee. Fourteen states require education (between about seven and 140 days) and no experience, while 11 states require no education or experience at all.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Tennessee 30 $750 756 110 clock hours 2 years 2 12 21
2 Kentucky 30 $530 751 92 clock hours 2 years 2 12 18
3 Alabama 30 $500 385 85 clock hours 1 years 3 0 19
4 Ohio 30 $340 379 10 days 1 years 3 0 18
5 West Virginia 30 $300 201 80 clock hours 6 months 3 0 18
6 Pennsylvania 30 $270 140 20 credit hours 1 0 0
7 Georgia 30 $420 19 80 clock hours 1 12 18
8 North Carolina 30 $314 19 80 clock hours 1 12 18
9 Texas 30 $155 19 80 clock hours 1 12 18
10 Mississippi 30 $300 11 7.5 days 1 12 18
11 Illinois 30 $271 0 1 12 18
12 Florida 30 $550 19 80 clock hours 1 0 18
13 South Carolina 30 $435 19 80 clock hours 1 0 18
14 Rhode Island 30 $630 0 1 0 18
15 New Hampshire 30 $275 19 80 clock hours 1 0 18
16 Arkansas 30 $339 0 2 0 18
17 Massachusetts 30 $100 19 83 clock hours 1 0 18
18 Indiana 30 $105 19 80 clock hours 1 0 18
19 Louisiana 30 $300 7 5 days 1 0 18
20 Virginia 30 $65 19 80 clock hours 1 0 18
21 Wisconsin 30 $201 0 1 0 18
22 North Dakota 30 $35 14 60 clock hours 0 0 18
23 D C 30 $229 0 0 0 18
24 Maine 30 $421 0 1 0 0
25 Minnesota 30 $20 0 0 0 18
26 Vermont 30 $100 9 40 clock hours 0 0 0
27 Washington 30 $155 0 0 0 0
28 Hawaii 30 $100 0 0 0 0
29 Delaware 30 $75 0 0 0 0
30 Missouri 30 $52 0 0 0 0

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