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.

$35,921 - $101,690
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$36K
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$100K
MEDIAN: $68,870
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$14.76 - $30.85
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$15
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$31
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$35,921 - $101,690  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $9,967  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$32,872 - $97,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $30.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.50  
Overtime
$19.58 - $45.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$242.40 - $9,967  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$32,872 - $97,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 37
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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.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Land Surveyor, Lead


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Many Lead Land Surveyors move into a Professional Land Surveyor role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Professional Land Surveyors on average bring in a similar salary to Lead Land Surveyors.

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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.

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Experience Affects Land Surveyor, Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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