Professional Land Surveyor Salary (United States)

With roughly four-fifths 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 $43,979 to $90,398 per year and averages out to $62,575 annually. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Professional Land Surveyors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Professional Land Surveyor Salary (?
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$47,230 - $89,160
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MEDIAN: $64,956
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Professional Land Surveyor Salary (?
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$18.31 - $38.64
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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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As Professional Land Surveyors transition into upper-level roles, it is typical to see a decline in salary. It is not uncommon for a Land Surveyor to earn slightly less than his or her lower-level colleagues.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor

Professional Land Surveyors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Those who have experience with Project Management can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 6 percent more than the national average, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis. Most people familiar with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) also know AutoCAD and Project Management. Those who learned Land Surveying also tend to know Project Management and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Professional Land Surveyor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, Professional Land Surveyors can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $55K—can reach $57K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $60K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Professional Land Surveyors tend to earn $70K at this point in time. The largest number of Professional Land Surveyors have more than 20 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$63,000
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For Professional Land Surveyors, Houston provides a pay rate that is 22 percent greater than the national average. Professional Land Surveyors will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent) and Pittsburgh (+1 percent). Professional Land Surveyors' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Professional Land Surveyors in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 27 percent lower than the national average.

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Experience Affects Professional Land Surveyor Salaries

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$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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$63,000
Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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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%