Auctioneer

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.[c]Adapted from http://www.occupationalinfo.org/onet/49999a.html[/c]
License required by 30 states
68th most burdensome licensing requirements
47th most widely and onerously licensed occupation

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.

State Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
Alabama $500.00 385 85 clock hours 1 years 3 0 19
Arkansas $338.50 0 - - 2 0 18
D C $229.00 0 - - 0 0 18
Delaware $75.00 0 - - 0 0 0
Florida $550.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 0 18
Georgia $420.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 12 18
Hawaii $100.00 0 - - 0 0 0
Illinois $271.00 0 - - 1 12 18
Indiana $105.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 0 18
Kentucky $530.00 751 92 clock hours 2 years 2 12 18
Louisiana $300.00 7 5 days - 1 0 18
Maine $421.00 0 - - 1 0 0
Massachusetts $100.00 19 83 clock hours - 1 0 18
Minnesota $20.00 0 - - 0 0 18
Mississippi $300.00 11 7.5 days - 1 12 18
Missouri $52.00 0 - - 0 0 0
New Hampshire $275.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 0 18
North Carolina $314.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 12 18
North Dakota $35.00 14 60 clock hours - 0 0 18
Ohio $340.00 379 10 days 1 years 3 0 18
Pennsylvania $270.00 140 20 credit hours - 1 0 0
Rhode Island $630.00 0 - - 1 0 18
South Carolina $435.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 0 18
Tennessee $750.00 756 110 clock hours 2 years 2 12 21
Texas $155.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 12 18
Vermont $100.00 9 40 clock hours - 0 0 0
Virginia $65.00 19 80 clock hours - 1 0 18
Washington $155.00 0 - - 0 0 0
West Virginia $300.00 201 80 clock hours 6 months 3 0 18
Wisconsin $201.00 0 - - 1 0 18