Survey Party Chief Salary

Male Survey Party Chiefs number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.14 per hour in the United States. Cash earnings of Survey Party Chiefs can occasionally include $3K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $33K to almost $70K. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. Most Survey Party Chiefs like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,753 - $68,330
(Median)
$34K
$50K
$68K
MEDIAN: $50,336
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$14.87 - $28.68
(Median)
$15
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,753 - $68,330  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,030  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $3,020  
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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$33,230 - $69,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $28.68  
   
Overtime
$20.08 - $41.25  
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 - $3,030  
   
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $3,020  
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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$33,230 - $69,713  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373

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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 go on to become Construction Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K annually. 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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Survey Party Chiefs who took the survey. Most notably, skills in AutoCAD, Global Positioning Systems, Land Surveying, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Global Positioning Systems are, more often than not, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $42K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. Survey Party Chiefs who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Survey Party Chiefs with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $54K.

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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
up arrow 10%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Land Surveying
0%

National Average
$49,000

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 20%