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Professional Land Surveyor Salary (United States)

Professional Land Surveyors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent nearly four in five of Professional Land Surveyors. Salaries average out to around $65K annually and spread from $44K to $90K per year. Overall incomes of Professional Land Surveyors generally bottom out at around $44K and peak near $90K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $6K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Professional Land Surveyors. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Professional Land Surveyor Salary (?
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$47,230 - $89,160
(Median)
47K
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75K
89K
MEDIAN: $64,956
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Professional Land Surveyor Salary (?
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$18.31 - $38.64
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,230 - $89,160  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,030  
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $6,000  
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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$43,979 - $90,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.31 - $38.64  
   
Overtime
$22.65 - $51.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,030  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.96 - $6,000  
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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$43,979 - $90,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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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 often transition into an upper level Land Surveyor position and may see a small drop in pay. Land Surveyors typically earn $51K.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor

Professional Land Surveyors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Land Surveying, AutoCAD, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Research Analysis. Those proficient in Land Surveying are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management and AutoCAD. Those familiar with Global Positioning Systems also tend to know AutoCAD and Project Management.

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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $55K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $57K. Professional Land Surveyors bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $70K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. Professional Land Surveyors with more than 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with one to 10 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Houston
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Denver
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Pittsburgh
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National Average
$63,000
Austin
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Indianapolis
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Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Professional Land Surveyors, 22 percent higher than the national average. Professional Land Surveyors will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent) and Pittsburgh (+1 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Professional Land Surveyors in Indianapolis earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Professional Land Surveyor Salaries

National Average
$63,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Professional Land Surveyor Salaries

Land Surveying
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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AutoCAD
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National Average
$63,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 16%