Male Survey Party Chiefs number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.54 per hour in the United States. Incomes of Survey Party Chiefs vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $35K on the low end and $72K on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by around half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,639 - $77,710
$38K
$56K
$78K
MEDIAN: $55,915
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$15.44 - $29.73
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MEDIAN: $21.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,639 - $77,710  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,818  
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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$35,051 - $72,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.44 - $29.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$22.54 - $44.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,818  
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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$35,051 - $72,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 459

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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

  • 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.
  • Calculate and verify computations, and create and verify sketches and CAD drawings.
  • Review plans, plats, and legal documents to appropriately plan and schedule work.

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. With an annual salary of $51K, Land Surveyor is the most common role for Survey Party Chiefs to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Field Supervisor role — which usually pays $48K — is also typical for Survey Party Chiefs, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Survey Party Chief


Survey results suggest that Survey Party Chiefs use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Construction Layout, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, and Construction Site Inspection are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d and Geographic Information Systems. For most people, competency in Global Positioning Systems indicates knowledge of AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Party Chief

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


For many Survey Party Chiefs, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $44K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $48K. For Survey Party Chiefs, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $53K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,632

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Home to some of the best pay for Survey Party Chiefs, Baltimore offers exceptional salaries, 42 percent above the national average. Survey Party Chiefs can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+37 percent), Seattle (+30 percent), Pittsburgh (+16 percent), and Houston (+15 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 Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Survey Party Chief

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
29%
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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%

Construction Layout
up arrow 10%


Construction Site Inspection
up arrow 4%


autodesk autocad
up arrow 1%

National Average
$50,000


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 5%

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 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
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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