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Professional Land Surveyor Salary

More than four-fifths of Professional Land Surveyors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $46K to $94K per year, and the average comes out to $66K per year. With some bonuses approaching $6K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Professional Land Surveyors spread between $46K and $94K depending on individual performance. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Professional Land Surveyors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$48,609 - $93,715
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$94K
MEDIAN: $65,760
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$18.48 - $39.59
(Median)
$18
$26
$40
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary 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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,609 - $93,715  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,411  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,960  
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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$45,921 - $94,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
National Hourly Rate 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$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.48 - $39.59  
   
Overtime
$22.81 - $50.95  
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 - $6,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,960  
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).
)
$45,921 - $94,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 210

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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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Although many Professional Land Surveyors transition into Land Surveyor roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $51K.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor


Professional Land Surveyors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Land Surveying, Global Positioning Systems, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Global Positioning Systems are also skilled in AutoCAD and Project Management. Most people familiar with 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.


For Professional Land Surveyors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $56K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $59K. Professional Land Surveyors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $62K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Professional Land Surveyor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $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)
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AutoCAD
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
0%

National Average
$64,000

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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
14%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 17%
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