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.