Professional Land Surveyors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with four in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $68K annually on average but can range from $48K to $98K per year. Total cash earnings of Professional Land Surveyors range from $48K on the low end to $98K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $4K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. For the most part, Professional Land Surveyors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a little more than half have dental coverage, nearly one in five claim no health benefits at all. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,154 - $97,135
(Median)
$50K
$68K
$97K
MEDIAN: $68,046
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90%

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$19.56 - $40.36
(Median)
$20
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,154 - $97,135  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,773  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$47,671 - $97,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.56 - $40.36  
   
Overtime
$28.25 - $55.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,773  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,055  
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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$47,671 - $97,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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 who take a Land Surveyor role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Land Surveyors is usually $51K.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor


Professional Land Surveyors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Research Analysis, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Land Surveying are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autocad Civil 3D and AutoCAD. Those familiar with Global Positioning Systems also tend to know AutoCAD and Project Management. Most people who know Land Surveying also 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.


Professional Land Surveyors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $57K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $63K. For Professional Land Surveyors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $67K. Professional Land Surveyors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $70K on average.

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Experience Affects Professional Land Surveyor Salaries



National Average
$67,000



Skills That Affect Professional Land Surveyor Salaries


Research Analysis
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

Land Surveying
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autodesk autocad
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National Average
$67,000

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Autocad Civil 3D
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
46%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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