Survey Technician Salary

Survey Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.88 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,207 - $66,161

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$12.30 - $25.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,207 - $66,161  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,975  
Profit Sharing
$0.61 - $900  
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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$26,964 - $61,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $25.99  
   
Overtime
$19.10 - $37.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,975  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.61 - $900  
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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$26,964 - $61,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 264
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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

  • 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


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Survey Technicians do not often transition into Professional Land Surveyor roles. The role averages $64K per year. Typical career progression for a Survey Technician involves becoming a Land Surveyor or a Survey Party Chief, roles that pay $10K more and $4K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Survey Technicians who took the survey. Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Global Positioning Systems are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 10 percent and 5 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Computer Aided Drafting & Design indicates knowledge of Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Technician

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


For Survey Technicians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $36K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. Survey Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Survey Technician generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $53K.

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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries



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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 21%
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