Land Surveyor Salary

A sizeable majority of Land Surveyors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.55 per hour. Total cash compensation for Land Surveyors runs from $30K to $83K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by just over a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Read More
$33,899 - $90,357
(Median)
$34K
$59K
$90K
MEDIAN: $59,244
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.35 - $30.59
(Median)
$13
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$33,899 - $90,357  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,044  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $4,307  
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).
)
$30,397 - $83,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.35 - $30.59  
   
Overtime
$18.71 - $43.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $4,307  
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).
)
$30,397 - $83,365  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 407
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


As Land Surveyors transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. It is quite typical for Land Surveyors to transition into roles as Lead Land Surveyors or Civil Engineers, where reported median earnings are $4K and $8K higher per year.

Land Surveyor Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Survey results show that Land Surveyors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Land Surveying, Autocad Civil 3D, Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. It is often found that people who know AutoCAD are also skilled in Autocad Civil 3D.

Pay by Experience Level for Land Surveyor

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


For many Land Surveyors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. For Land Surveyors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. 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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Land Surveyor Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries

Land Surveying
up arrow 10%


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 8%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

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