Land Surveyor Assistant Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Land Surveyor Assistants earn an average of $14.84 per hour. Total cash compensation to Land Surveyor Assistants bottoms out near $21K and approaches $54K on the high end; the bigger paychecks include bonuses that can occasionally surpass $2K. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — over a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the larger part and dental plans are enjoyed by just over two-fifths. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,219 - $71,446
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$71K
MEDIAN: $37,346
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$10.02 - $23.88
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,219 - $71,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$21,448 - $53,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 32
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.02 - $23.88  
   
Overtime
$14.97 - $36.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$21,448 - $53,526  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 128
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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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Land Surveyor Assistants who advance into the role of a Civil Engineer are fairly uncommon. Civil Engineers on average earn $60K per year. 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 $17K and $22K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor Assistant


Land Surveyor Assistants report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Word, AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $31K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $39K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Land Surveyor Assistants bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Land Surveyor Assistant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Assistant Salaries

Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

up arrow 13%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$34,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 42%
medical benefits
Vision: 28%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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