Survey Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Survey Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.18 per hour. Cash earnings for Survey Technicians — including $3K in bonuses and $2K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $27K to $60K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,313 - $62,027
$29K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,426
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50%
90%

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$12.25 - $25.87
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.18
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,313 - $62,027  
   
Bonus
$99.67 - $2,976  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,550  
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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$26,873 - $59,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $25.87  
   
Overtime
$18.76 - $40.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$99.67 - $2,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,550  
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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$26,873 - $59,771  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 308

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Job Description for Survey Technician

Survey technicians help map out areas of land for construction or other purposes. They use survey equipment and are required to travel to work sites as part of their daily jobs; they may also work closely with other survey personnel. These technicians must be able to understand and interpret site plans, including profiles and cross-sections. They also need to accurately record all data collected at work sites as well. However, some survey technicians spend most of their time in the office; the requirements for this particular type of survey technician can be different due to the need for a high level of proficiency with AutoCAD programs.

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Survey Technician Tasks

  • Assist and receive training in conducting land and building surveys, including equipment use.
  • Use, create, and interpret GPS and CAD information.
  • Record and enter survey data into databases, reports, and diagrams.

Common Career Paths for Survey Technician


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Though not the most common occurrence, Survey Technicians sometimes become Professional Land Surveyors, where the average income is $65K per year. Survey Technicians typically move into roles as Land Surveyors or Survey Party Chiefs, and those positions pay $11K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Survey Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Microstation, and Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 23 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems. Those educated in Global Positioning Systems tend to be well versed in Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Technician

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Survey Technicians. The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $43K. Survey Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Survey Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,981

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

Survey Technicians will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Survey Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+9 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), Portland (+4 percent), and Houston (+2 percent). Compared to the national average, Orlando Survey Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 28 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Key Stats for Survey Technician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries

▲38%

▲20%

▲9%

National Average
$40,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲30%

Microstation
▲23%


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲3%



National Average
$40,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 52 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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