Land Surveyor Salary

Men make up the majority of Land Surveyors in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.26 per hour. Total cash earnings of Land Surveyors range from $30K on the low end to $85K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $6K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for Land Surveyors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from 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 (?
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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 who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. The most common next step for a Land Surveyor is to become a Lead Land Surveyor or a Civil Engineer. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Land Surveyors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Most people familiar with 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.


Land Surveyors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Land Surveyors make a median salary of $58K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $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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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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