Land Surveyor Salary (United States)

Male Land Surveyors number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.60 per hour in the United States. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not claimed by all—around one in five lack any form of coverage—but most have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Land Surveyor Salary (?
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$38,733 - $87,104
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MEDIAN: $58,566
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Land Surveyor Salary (?
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$13.43 - $31.18
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$38,733 - $87,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,000  
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$31,587 - $82,849  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $31.18  
   
Overtime
$20.04 - $44.87  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $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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$31,587 - $82,849  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 372
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Job Description for Land Surveyor

If you are a person who enjoys problem solving and working in teams, then land surveying is the job for you. Land surveyors are involved in measuring properties and land to determine the boundaries. Doing this helps to determine where buildings and roads can be created. Land surveyors begin their work by doing research about the assignment they have been given. This includes finding information about previous surveys and boundary lines, and gathering information by going to the field. Land surveyors also get to use the Global Positioning System equipment in order to gather the most accurate information. Land surveyors assist in the preparation of land development plans and correspondence, maintain and store drawing files for active projects, and perform construction stake-out and boundary surveys. Land surveyors also perform field surveys to obtain data for base plans and produce drawings from raw survey data through the finished product. Once the land survey is complete, the surveyor records his or her findings and creates an official report and map. Sometimes a land surveyor will be required to present his or her findings to an individual or company to have him or her do the survey. This is a very physical job and can take place in many locations and climates, and sometimes may even require one to travel away from one's home for an extended period of time. Land surveyors will be required to bring all of their equipment to each location. These workers need to have a great understanding of mathematical and computer skills. The job requires a bachelor's degree in a surveying program. This is a job that can take one to many new and exciting places.
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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As Land Surveyors make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $17,685 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Construction Project Manager. When Land Surveyors are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Lead Land Surveyors or Professional Land Surveyors, where they can expect an additional $3,928 or $10,915 per year.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor

Land Surveyors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Autocad Civil 3D are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 6 percent respectively. Most people experienced in AutoCAD also know 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 salaries for more plentiful past experience. Though starting salaries approximate $39,729, they climb to $48K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $57K. After two decades in the field, Land Surveyors continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $66K. The largest number of Land Surveyors have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$52,000
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For Land Surveyors, Anchorage provides a pay rate that is 47 percent greater than the national average. Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, and Nashville also offer top salaries for Land Surveyors. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 25 percent, 21 percent, 19 percent, and 18 percent more, respectively. St. Louis is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Land Surveyor Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries

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

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
97%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 20%
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