Land Surveyor Salary

Land Surveyors in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.53 per hour. Total cash compensation to Land Surveyors approaches anywhere from $30K on the lower end to $83K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $4K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Land Surveyors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$13.14 - $30.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$33,356 - $90,124  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,027  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $4,289  
Total Pay (?
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$30,391 - $83,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.14 - $30.65  
   
Overtime
$18.46 - $42.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $4,289  
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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$30,391 - $83,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412
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Job Description for Land Surveyor

Most of the time land surveyors work for engineering, land development or construction companies. They perform boundary surveys, primary surveys, construction staking and other relevant tasks. They must make accurate measurements and determine property boundaries accurately, as well as read construction drawings and ask architects assigned to the project any relevant questions regarding construction drawings. Land surveyors must provide data related to location, elevation, gravitation and other metrics, and they may be required to use global positioning systems (GPS) to determine longitudes and latitudes of relevant boundaries and features of the locations being surveyed. Some land surveyors use helicopters for land surveying, and they may need to train assistants to perform surveys and draft maps.

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Land Surveyor 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


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At the upper end, Land Surveyors who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. The most common next step for a Land Surveyor is to become a Lead Land Surveyor or a Civil Engineer. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Land Surveyors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Autocad Civil 3D, Land Surveying, Geographic Information Systems, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. For most people, competency in AutoCAD indicates knowledge of Autocad Civil 3D.

Pay by Experience Level for Land Surveyor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Land Surveyors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Land Surveyors see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $66K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Land Surveyor Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries


Land Surveying
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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AutoCAD
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 20%
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