Survey Technician Salary
A sizeable majority of Survey Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.98 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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 more than half claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Survey Technicians. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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.Read More...
At least a high school diploma or equivalent is needed to become a survey technician. Other requirements vary depending on the specific position and organization. For example, some companies may require previous experience in a similar role, proficiency with relevant computer software, at least an associate's degree in a related field, and relevant certifications. Survey technicians typically work alone or with a small team of specialists; they should be able to work well in a team setting, or on their own with minimal supervision. Technicians in the field must be able to perform work that is moderately physically demanding in a variety of weather conditions.
Survey Technician Tasks
- Record and enter survey data into databases, reports, and diagrams.
- Use, create, and interpret GPS and CAD information.
- Assist and receive training in conducting land and building surveys, including equipment use.
Common Career Paths for Survey Technician
Survey Technicians sometimes assume positions such as Professional Land Surveyors. That role pays $65K per year on average. Survey Technicians moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Land Surveyors or Survey Party Chiefs. The median paychecks in those roles are $11K higher and $7K higher, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Survey Technician
Survey results show that Survey Technicians use a fair number of skills. 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 28 percent, 24 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Most people familiar with Global Positioning Systems also know 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.
For Survey Technicians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Survey Technicians make a median salary of $48K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.