Survey Party Chief Salary (United States)

Male Survey Party Chiefs number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.02 per hour in the United States. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, around one in five claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Survey Party Chiefs is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Survey Party Chief Salary (?
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$30,201 - $69,074
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MEDIAN: $48,921
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Survey Party Chief Salary (?
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$14.86 - $28.33
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,201 - $69,074  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
Profit Sharing
$525 - $3,750  
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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$33,246 - $67,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $28.33  
   
Overtime
$18.74 - $41.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$525 - $3,750  
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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$33,246 - $67,168  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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 enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Professional Land Surveyor can offer an extra $15,146 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. A Land Surveyor or a Land Surveyor Supervisor is a typical transition from a Survey Party Chief role.

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Popular Skills for Survey Party Chief

Professional skills reported by Survey Party Chiefs are few in number. AutoCAD is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 11 percent. Those educated in Global Positioning Systems (GPS) 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.
Survey Party Chiefs with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. At career start, salaries are typically $39K, which grows to $46K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $49K. As Survey Party Chiefs reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $56K.

Pay Difference By Location

Portland
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Houston
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San Antonio
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National Average
$48,000
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With a pay rate for Survey Party Chiefs that is 11 percent greater than the national average, Portland offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Survey Party Chiefs will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent).

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Experience Affects Survey Party Chief Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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$48,000
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Survey Party Chief Salaries

AutoCAD
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Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
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Land Surveying
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$48,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 22%