Professional Land Surveyor Salary

With nearly four in five of Professional Land Surveyors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Professional Land Surveyors is $66K annually and can range from $47K on the lower end to $94K per year near the higher end. In the world of Professional Land Surveyors, overall income ranges from $47K near the bottom to $94K at the top; this can include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the larger part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Professional Land Surveyors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,897 - $93,677
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,806
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$18.60 - $39.87
(Median)
$19
$27
$40
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,897 - $93,677  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,613  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $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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$46,716 - $94,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.60 - $39.87  
   
Overtime
$23.18 - $50.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,613  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $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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$46,716 - $94,314  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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.

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Professional Land Surveyors may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Land Surveyor. The average pay for a Land Surveyor is $51K.

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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. Most people skilled in Land Surveying are similarly competent in Project Management and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Global Positioning Systems indicates knowledge of 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 many Professional Land Surveyors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $62K. As Professional Land Surveyors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $70K.

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Experience Affects Professional Land Surveyor Salaries


National Average
$64,000




Skills That Affect Professional Land Surveyor Salaries


Land Surveying
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
0%

National Average
$64,000

AutoCAD
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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
15%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 17%
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