Survey Technician Salary

Survey Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.58 per hour. Total cash compensation to Survey Technicians ranges from $27K on the lower end to $60K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $4K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Work is enjoyable for Survey Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$28,585 - $63,109
$29K
$42K
$63K
MEDIAN: $41,926
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$12.46 - $25.52
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MEDIAN: $17.58
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$28,585 - $63,109  
   
Bonus
$102.41 - $3,904  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,945  
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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$27,319 - $60,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 68
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $25.52  
   
Overtime
$18.78 - $39.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$102.41 - $3,904  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,945  
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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$27,319 - $60,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 324

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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 some Survey Technicians move into positions like Professional Land Surveyor (where the average salary is $65K), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for the typical Survey Technician often leads to becoming a Land Surveyor or a Survey Party Chief; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Survey Technicians report using a diverse set of skills 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 25 percent, 22 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems. Most people who know Global Positioning Systems also know Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD).

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Technician

Pay by Experience for a Survey Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level Survey Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 216 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Survey Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Survey Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 94 salaries. A Survey Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 27 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,265

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

Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Survey Technicians in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Survey Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+29 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Portland (+3 percent). Survey Technicians in Orlando take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average.

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Key Stats for Survey Technician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries

▲38%

▲20%

▲12%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲25%

Microstation
▲22%




Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
no benefits
None: 24%
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