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Professional Land Surveyor Salary

Professional Land Surveyors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with around four in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K per year on average but can range from $45K to $92K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $6K, total cash payment to Professional Land Surveyors can bottom out at $45K or peak near $92K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Professional Land Surveyors is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,004 - $90,414
(Median)
$48K
$65K
$90K
MEDIAN: $65,217
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$18.42 - $38.64
(Median)
$18
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,004 - $90,414  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,075  
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $5,918  
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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$44,842 - $91,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.42 - $38.64  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $50.82  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.68 - $5,918  
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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$44,842 - $91,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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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 earn $51K on average.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor


Survey results suggest that Professional Land Surveyors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Land Surveying, Global Positioning Systems, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis. Those proficient in Global Positioning Systems are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


For Professional Land Surveyors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $55K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Professional Land Surveyors who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $70K.

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Experience Affects Professional Land Surveyor Salaries


National Average
$63,000




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)
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 16%