Land Surveyor, Lead Salary
Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Lead Land Surveyors earn an average of $22.37 per hour. Most Lead Land Surveyors like their work and job satisfaction is high. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and half have dental, as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Land Surveyor, Lead
A lead land surveyor is the person who is responsible for measuring and maintaining maps and legal descriptions via surveys of a specified pieces of land. This position can work for a variety of organizations, but this person will be primarily employed by governmental agencies or individually contracted. This surveyor will usually keep weekday, daytime hours. This person will take charge of a team of assistant surveyors. A lead land surveyor will generally be required to attain a degree in a field such as forestry, geology, or civil engineering. Multiple years of practical experience and the completion of a state-issued licensure program are also required.Read More...
The lead land surveyor will have a variety of responsibilities. Some surveyors will even specialize in mapping the ocean floor. Some responsibilities and duties associated with a lead land surveyor include verifying the accuracy of survey data, verifying measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites, calculating heights and depths, searching legal records, searching survey records, searching land titles, obtaining information about properties, directing and conducting surveys regarding legal boundaries on properties, preparing and supervising the preparation of all data and records relating to surveys, writing descriptions of property boundaries, recording the results of surveys, coordinating the findings with architectural and engineering teams, adjusting surveying instruments, and conducting surveys to establish measurements and baselines. This position requires a person with innate leadership skills and expert accuracy. This person should pay high attention to detail and have excellent organizational skills.
Land Surveyor, Lead Tasks
- Perform construction stake-out and boundary surveys.
- Maintain and store of drawing files for active projects.
- Perform field surveying to obtain data for base plans.
- Assist in the preparation of land development plans and correspondence.
- Produce drawings from raw survey data through the finished product.
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Pay by Experience Level for Land Surveyor, Lead
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $50K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Lead Land Surveyors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $72K.