Land Surveyor Salary

Men make up the majority of Land Surveyors in the United States, bringing in about $19.13 per hour. Total incomes of Land Surveyors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $85K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Land Surveyors. Although one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and over one-half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,687 - $98,235
$37K
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$98K
MEDIAN: $60,269
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$12.15 - $30.74
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MEDIAN: $19.13
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$36,687 - $98,235  
   
Bonus
$192.71 - $6,006  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
Total Pay (?
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$29,776 - $85,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 319
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $30.74  
   
Overtime
$16.95 - $43.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$192.71 - $6,006  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,500  
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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$29,776 - $85,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 513

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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

  • Assist in the preparation of land development plans and correspondence.
  • Produce drawings from raw survey data through the finished product.
  • Perform field surveying to obtain data for base plans.
  • Perform construction stake-out and boundary surveys.
  • Maintain and store of drawing files for active projects.

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. Lead Land Surveyors or Civil Engineers are common next-step roles for Land Surveyors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Lead Land Surveyors is $6K higher on average, and it's $10K higher for Civil Engineers.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Land Surveyors report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Autodesk AutoCAD Land Desktop, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent, 30 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Most people who know AutoCAD also know Autocad Civil 3D.

Pay by Experience Level for Land Surveyor

Pay by Experience for a Land Surveyor has a positive trend. An entry-level Land Surveyor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 322 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Land Surveyor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 193 salaries. An experienced Land Surveyor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 266 salaries. A Land Surveyor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 185 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,629

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For those looking to make money, Land Surveyors in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Land Surveyors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Denver (+33 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), and Nashville (+22 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Workers in Dallas and Orlando earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Land Surveyor

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Land Surveyor Salaries

▲33%

▲16%

▲2%

National Average
$51,000

▼27%

Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries

Project Management
▲50%

Autodesk AutoCAD Land Desktop
▲30%



Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▲11%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▲11%


▲10%


▲7%

Land Surveying
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 24%
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