A sizeable majority of Land Surveyors in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.07 per hour. In the world of Land Surveyors, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $29K and $85K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a little more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,091 - $95,883
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MEDIAN: $59,799
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$12.08 - $30.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,091 - $95,883  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $5,209  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,122  
Total Pay (?
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$29,217 - $85,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 314
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $30.45  
   
Overtime
$16.18 - $43.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$98.63 - $5,209  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,122  
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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$29,217 - $85,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 502

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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. The most common career progression for Land Surveyors leads to becoming a Lead Land Surveyor, where average pay is $56K annually. However, many Land Surveyors also opt to become Field Supervisors. Typically, a Field Supervisor brings home $48K.

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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, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, and Autocad Civil 3D are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 52 percent, 21 percent, and 18 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 $51K. Land Surveyors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. Land Surveyors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $67K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,000

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Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Land Surveyors in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Land Surveyors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+31 percent), Denver (+31 percent), Las Vegas (+25 percent), and Nashville (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Miami, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (6 percent less) and Houston (2 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 106 votes.
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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




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries

Project Management
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 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: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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