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 $20.33 per hour. Overall incomes of Survey Party Chiefs generally bottom out at around $33K and peak near $70K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $3K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Survey Party Chiefs. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — around one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$34,774 - $68,583
(Median)
$35K
$51K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,930
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$14.83 - $29.25
(Median)
$15
$20
$29
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,774 - $68,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,019  
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $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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$33,187 - $70,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 87
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $29.25  
   
Overtime
$21.05 - $42.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,019  
   
Profit Sharing
$391.49 - $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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$33,187 - $70,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $70K per year. As Survey Party Chiefs progress in their field, many go on to become Land Surveyors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $51K per year. Another common career choice for Survey Party Chiefs is to move into a Field Supervisor role. Typically, Field Supervisors get paid $47K.

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Professional skills reported by Survey Party Chiefs are few in number. 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 with knowledge of Global Positioning Systems tend to be skilled in Land Surveying as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Party Chief

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


For Survey Party Chiefs, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $40K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $46K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Survey Party Chiefs make a median salary of $50K. 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 $55K.

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Experience Affects Survey Party Chief Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%


National Average
$49,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Survey Party Chief Salaries

AutoCAD
up arrow 10%

Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Land Surveying
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 3%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 21%
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