Professional Land Surveyor Salary (United States)

Professional Land Surveyors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than three-quarters have more than 10 years of experience. Salary is expected to be around $62,575 annually, but may range from $43,979 to $90,398 per year. Total cash compensation varies from around $47,230 to approximately $89,160; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6,030 and $6,000, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and 42 percent collecting vision insurance. Job satisfaction for Professional Land Surveyors is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed 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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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 (?
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$43,979 - $90,398  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
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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Additional career progression may actually lead to a decline in pay for Professional Land Surveyors. Typically, those who move into a Land Surveyor role will bring in a slightly lower salary.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor

Survey results show that Professional Land Surveyors use a fair number of skills. Project Management is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis. Skill sets containing Land Surveying also tend to include Project Management and AutoCAD. Those familiar with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 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.
Though Professional Land Surveyors can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $55K, which grow to $57K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $60K after 10 to 20 years. Though salary increases are not as strong, pay continues to grow slightly for Professional Land Surveyors after two decades on the job, and average earnings come to $70K. 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 the one with the most experience to boot—one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$63,000
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Houston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Professional Land Surveyors, 22 percent above the national average. Professional Land Surveyors will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+10 percent) and Pittsburgh (+1 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Professional Land Surveyors earning much less—27 percent less—than 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%
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