Men make up the majority of Survey Party Chiefs in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.42 per hour. In the world of Survey Party Chiefs, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $35K and $72K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Survey Party Chiefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$36,931 - $75,698
(Median)
$37K
$56K
$76K
MEDIAN: $56,073
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$15.33 - $29.85
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$15
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,931 - $75,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,948  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$34,588 - $72,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.33 - $29.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$22.39 - $44.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$34,588 - $72,492  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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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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As Survey Party Chiefs transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. The most common career progression for Survey Party Chiefs leads to becoming a Land Surveyor, where average pay is $51K annually. However, many Survey Party Chiefs also opt to become Field Supervisors. Typically, a Field Supervisor brings home $48K.

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Popular Skills for Survey Party Chief


Survey Party Chiefs generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, Construction Site Inspection, and Global Positioning Systems are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 13 percent. Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d and Geographic Information Systems as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. It is often found that people who know Global Positioning Systems are also skilled in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Party Chief

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey Party Chiefs do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. On average, Survey Party Chiefs make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,561

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For those looking to make money, Survey Party Chiefs in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Survey Party Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+26 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Indianapolis (+13 percent). Survey Party Chiefs in Tulsa report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 22 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Charlotte and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 15 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Survey Party Chief Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Survey Party Chief Salaries

AutoCAD
up arrow 13%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 10%

Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 5%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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National Average
$50,000

Land Surveying
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 5%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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