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Survey Party Chief Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of Survey Party Chiefs in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.02 per hour nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to Survey Party Chiefs can bottom out near $33K or peak near $67K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While some workers in this profession — slightly more than a fifth — do not have any health coverage, most do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Survey Party Chiefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Survey Party Chief Salary (?
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$30,201 - $69,074
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MEDIAN: $48,921
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Survey Party Chief Salary (?
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$14.86 - $28.33
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,201 - $69,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$525 - $3,750  
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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$33,246 - $67,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $28.33  
   
Overtime
$18.74 - $41.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$525 - $3,750  
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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$33,246 - $67,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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Job Description for Survey Party Chief

Surveying is a crucial early step in the construction of buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures. Accurate surveys of potential construction sites play a key role when determining design, costs, planning processes, and even the feasibility of a potential project. The survey party chief supervises the work performed by surveying groups in the field. As a supervisor, the survey party chief is first involved in the planning portion of ground surveys. They research previous surveys and any relevant building documentation for the plot of land for the current survey. The chief then schedules how many surveying parties will be needed and creates a plan for accurate determination of distances, gradients, and other necessary components of a useful survey.
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Survey Party Chief Tasks
  • Calculate and verify computations, and create and verify sketches and CAD drawings.
  • Review plans, plats, and legal documents to appropriately plan and schedule work.
  • Supervise, participate in, and coordinate surveying projects and goal establishment.
  • Use GPS and survey equipment to collect and validate data, process that data, and create reports.

Common Career Paths for Survey Party Chief

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Survey Party Chiefs who transition into an upper level Professional Land Surveyor role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $63K per year. It is not uncommon for a Survey Party Chief to continue on to become a Land Surveyor or a Field Supervisor.

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Popular Skills for Survey Party Chief

Survey takers who work as Survey Party Chiefs report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with AutoCAD, Global Positioning Systems , and Land Surveying can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people skilled in Global Positioning Systems are similarly competent in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Party Chief

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. Survey Party Chiefs who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $56K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$48,000
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For Survey Party Chiefs, working in the bustling city of Portland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Survey Party Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Survey Party Chief Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$48,000
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Survey Party Chief Salaries

AutoCAD
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Land Surveying
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$48,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 22%