I just started doing residential appraisals under a mentor (friend of mine) part time. I have not started going to school for appraising yet, but have plans to this September. I have a full time job as a network engineer making approximately 60,000 per year. I'm trying to decide if I should stay in engineering and do appraisals on the side, or work towards doing appraisals full time one day. In your opinion, how much does an "Average" residential appraiser in your area make? Let's say this appraiser has had his/her license for 5 to 10 years. How much, in your opinion, does an average Commercial appraiser make? Any comments will help.