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Survey Party Chief Salary

Men account for the majority of Survey Party Chiefs in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.10 per hour. Total cash compensation to Survey Party Chiefs ranges from $34K on the lower end to $69K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $3K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Survey Party Chiefs, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — one in five — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and over one-half have dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$33,684 - $68,476
(Median)
34K
42K
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59K
68K
MEDIAN: $49,789
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$14.96 - $28.44
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,684 - $68,476  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,044  
Profit Sharing
$674 - $3,064  
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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$33,566 - $68,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 84
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.96 - $28.44  
   
Overtime
$20.11 - $41.58  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$674 - $3,064  
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).
)
$33,566 - $68,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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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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At the upper end, Survey Party Chiefs who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is $70K per year. The most common promotion for Survey Party Chiefs is Land Surveyor, a position that typically pays $51K annually. Another standard transition for Survey Party Chiefs seeking advancement is to assume a Field Supervisor role, where pay is often $47K.

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Popular Skills for Survey Party Chief


Survey Party Chiefs who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Global Positioning Systems, Land Surveying, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Aided Drafting & Design. Those educated in Global Positioning Systems tend to be well versed in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Party Chief

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $41K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $46K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Survey Party Chiefs make a median salary of $49K. Survey Party Chiefs who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $55K.

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Experience Affects Survey Party Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%


National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Survey Party Chief Salaries

AutoCAD
up arrow 13%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
up arrow 3%

Land Surveying
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 21%