Professional Land Surveyor Salary

Professional Land Surveyors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and about four-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $65K per year, but may range from $46K to $93K per year. Total cash earnings of Professional Land Surveyors range from $46K on the low end to $93K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $6K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. Most Professional Land Surveyors report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,286 - $92,941
(Median)
$48K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,493
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$18.51 - $39.11
(Median)
$19
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$48,286 - $92,941  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,193  
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $5,872  
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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$45,730 - $92,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.51 - $39.11  
   
Overtime
$24.02 - $51.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$255.32 - $5,872  
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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$45,730 - $92,945  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 212

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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 a Land Surveyor position. Land Surveyors report a slightly lower median income of $51K.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor


Professional Land Surveyors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Land Surveying, Global Positioning Systems, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Global Positioning Systems also know AutoCAD and Project Management. A tool kit that includes Land Surveying also typically contains 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 many Professional Land Surveyors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $55K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $58K. 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
$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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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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$63,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 107 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
36%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

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