Professional Land Surveyor Salary

With about four in five of Professional Land Surveyors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $48K to $95K per year and averages out to $66K per year. In the world of Professional Land Surveyors, total cash compensation can vary between $48K and $95K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $5K, respectively. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Professional Land Surveyors is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,508 - $93,200
(Median)
$50K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,061
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$19.66 - $41.33
(Median)
$20
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$49,508 - $93,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,650  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,180  
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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$48,257 - $94,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.66 - $41.33  
   
Overtime
$25.60 - $52.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,650  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,180  
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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$48,257 - $94,645  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 201
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Job Description for Professional Land Surveyor

A professional land surveyor performs surveys and land measurements that may serve a variety of purposes; they may also supervise crews completing surveying work. Usually, these surveys with are for future building or infrastructure projects by public or private contractors. As a licensed professional, the surveyor usually performs a variety of roles in not only measurement procedures, but also in personnel management, reconciling data, and preparing reports of findings.

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Professional Land Surveyor Tasks

  • Create documents and images to convey site information and guide projects.
  • Measure and determine boundaries, areas, elevations, dimensions and other metrics.
  • Survey sites and document topology, utilities, construction locations and transportation information.
  • Coordinate with and inform workers, engineers, property owners and the public.

Common Career Paths for Professional Land Surveyor


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Professional Land Surveyors may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Land Surveyor. That position usually brings in $51K.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor


Survey results imply that Professional Land Surveyors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Land Surveying, Global Positioning Systems, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Global Positioning Systems also know AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Professional Land Surveyor

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


For Professional Land Surveyors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $58K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $60K. On average, Professional Land Surveyors make $64K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $70K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Professional Land Surveyor Salaries


National Average
$65,000




Skills That Affect Professional Land Surveyor Salaries


Land Surveying
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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AutoCAD
0%

Autocad Civil 3D
0%

National Average
$65,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 97 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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