Survey Party Chief Salary

Survey Party Chiefs in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.56 per hour. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K each, total incomes of Survey Party Chiefs generally range from $34K to $72K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. Job satisfaction for Survey Party Chiefs is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,522 - $72,130
(Median)
$37K
$52K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,747
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$15.06 - $29.33
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$15
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$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,522 - $72,130  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,038  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $2,948  
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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$34,169 - $72,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.06 - $29.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.39 - $43.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,038  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $2,948  
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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$34,169 - $72,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 488
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. 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 $47K.

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Popular Skills for Survey Party Chief


Survey Party Chiefs report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Construction Site Inspection, Global Positioning Systems, and Land Surveying are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Geographic Information Systems. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Survey Party Chiefs — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. 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 $50K. Survey Party Chiefs who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,903

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Survey Party Chiefs, Baltimore provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Survey Party Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+15 percent), Pittsburgh (+15 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and Portland (+9 percent). Survey Party Chiefs in Asheville earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tulsa and Orlando (21 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Survey Party Chief Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Survey Party Chief Salaries

AutoCAD
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Construction Site Inspection
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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National Average
$49,000

Land Surveying
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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