Land Surveyor Salary (United States)

Most Land Surveyors in the United States are men, earning an average of $20.60 per hour. Total cash compensation varies from around $38,733 to approximately $87,104; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5,080 and $5,000, respectively. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. While some workers in this profession—20 percent—do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,733 - $87,104
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MEDIAN: $58,566
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$13.43 - $31.18
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,733 - $87,104  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,587 - $82,849  
PayScale
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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Compensation may increase greatly for Land Surveyors who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Construction Project Manager may make an additional $17,685 per year than lower-end positions. Land Surveyors can earn $3,928 or $10,915 more per year when they move into roles as Lead Land Surveyors or Professional Land Surveyors, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Land Surveyors who took the survey. 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 who know 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.
For Land Surveyors, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. Beginning workers can expect to earn $39,729 starting out, which grows to $48K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $57K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Land Surveyors approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $66K. Land Surveyors with one to 10 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with 10 to 20 years and more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$52,000
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Anchorage offers some of the highest pay in the country for Land Surveyors, 47 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Phoenix, Chicago, Denver, and Nashville, top-paying cities where Land Surveyors see paychecks higher than average (+25 percent, +21 percent, +19 percent, and +18 percent). Trailing the national average by 5 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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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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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