Land Surveyor Assistant Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Land Surveyor Assistants earn an average of $15.44 per hour. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although more than half have medical coverage and around half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,775 - $63,861
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$28K
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$64K
MEDIAN: $40,014
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$10.30 - $24.75
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$27,775 - $63,861  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
Total Pay (?
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$24,084 - $55,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $24.75  
   
Overtime
$15.05 - $37.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,970  
   
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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$24,084 - $55,589  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
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Job Description for Land Surveyor Assistant

A land surveyor assistant helps plot boundaries and topographical sectors of various properties and land areas. One of the most important reasons for land surveying is to protect investments; surveys are often done before purchases to ensure the scope and size of the land are correct and that the land is usable for its intended purpose. In addition to sizing land before purchase, surveying can also be used to divide land for partial sale or division, as well as to ensure that their intended use is safe in that particular area. A land surveyor assistant helps the main land surveyor with all tasks needed to properly survey the land, including assisting with operations in the field such as plotting boundaries and diverting traffic in the area. They also assist in writing the reports of the surveying team's findings.

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Land Surveyor Assistant Tasks

  • Record and enter survey data into databases, reports, and diagrams.
  • Use, create, and interpret GPS and CAD information.
  • Assist and receive training in conducting land and building surveys, including equipment use.

Common Career Paths for Land Surveyor Assistant


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It's not very common for Land Surveyor Assistants to move on to become Civil Engineers. Average pay for a Civil Engineer is $60K annually. When Land Surveyor Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Land Surveyors or Lead Land Surveyors. Those roles pay an additional $16K and $21K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor Assistant


Survey results suggest that Land Surveyor Assistants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Land Surveyor Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Land Surveyor Assistants, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $32K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $38K. Land Surveyor Assistants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $55K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Land Surveyor Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%

Experienced
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Assistant Salaries

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Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Excel
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Windows Operating System General Use
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 66% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 30%
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