Male Land Surveyors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.41 per hour in the United States. Overall cash earnings for Land Surveyors stretch from $29K on the lower end to $85K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most 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 approximately one-half have dental, as well. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,591 - $93,824
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$35K
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$94K
MEDIAN: $59,655
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$12.07 - $30.75
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$34,591 - $93,824  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $5,383  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,851  
Total Pay (?
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$29,053 - $85,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 298
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.07 - $30.75  
   
Overtime
$15.99 - $42.61  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$102.13 - $5,383  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,851  
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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$29,053 - $85,164  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 475
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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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Land Surveyors who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. More often than not, a Lead Land Surveyor role is the next step for Land Surveyors moving up in the field. Lead Land Surveyors usually make $56K per year. Many other Land Surveyors choose to take on a Field Supervisor role, where salaries are typically $48K.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 51 percent, 21 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Autocad Civil 3D.

Pay by Experience Level for Land Surveyor

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Land Surveyors. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,159

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Land Surveyors will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 42 percent. Land Surveyors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+38 percent), New York (+31 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Nashville (+23 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte (6 percent lower) and Houston (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Land Surveyor Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries

Project Management
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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