Land Surveyor Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Land Surveyors earn an average of $20.26 per hour. In the world of Land Surveyors, overall income ranges from $30K near the bottom to $85K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and a little over a half have dental coverage, around one in five claim no health benefits at all. Work is enjoyable for Land Surveyors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,176 - $91,681
(Median)
$35K
$60K
$92K
MEDIAN: $60,239
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$12.80 - $31.21
(Median)
$13
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,176 - $91,681  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,183  
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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$30,176 - $85,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.80 - $31.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$18.10 - $45.11  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,183  
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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$30,176 - $85,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 516
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. Land Surveyors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Lead Land Surveyors or Civil Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Survey results suggest that Land Surveyors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Microstation, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 20 percent, and 13 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. Land Surveyors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $66K.

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Experience Affects Land Surveyor Salaries



National Average
$52,000



Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries

Project Management
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Microstation
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Land Surveying
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National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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