Land Surveyor Salary

A sizeable majority of Land Surveyors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.05 per hour. Total incomes of Land Surveyors incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $29K and $86K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Land Surveyors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by just over a half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,917 - $97,866
$36K
$60K
$98K
MEDIAN: $60,178
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$12.06 - $30.66
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MEDIAN: $19.05
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,917 - $97,866  
   
Bonus
$181.48 - $6,011  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,071  
Total Pay (?
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$29,262 - $85,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $30.66  
   
Overtime
$16.45 - $43.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$181.48 - $6,011  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,071  
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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$29,262 - $85,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 485
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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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For Land Surveyors, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. A common career progression for a Land Surveyor is to become a Lead Land Surveyor or a Civil Engineer. Compared to Land Surveyors, the first group earns $6K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Land Surveyors seem to wield many 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 20 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.


For many Land Surveyors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Land Surveyors make a median salary of $59K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $67K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,657

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Land Surveyors, 41 percent above the national average. Land Surveyors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+34 percent), Denver (+33 percent), Atlanta (+24 percent), and Nashville (+21 percent). In Miami, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (7 percent less) and Orlando (5 percent less).

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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 104 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 104 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: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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