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Survey Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Survey Technicians earn an average of $17.80 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part.
$27,443 - $66,995
(Median)
$27K
$42K
$67K
MEDIAN: $41,748
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$12.11 - $25.96
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$27,443 - $66,995  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
Profit Sharing
$0.31 - $1,450  
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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$25,954 - $61,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $25.96  
   
Overtime
$18.47 - $37.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,052  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.31 - $1,450  
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).
)
$25,954 - $61,449  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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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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While Survey Technicians do not often become Professional Land Surveyors, the job pays $64K per year on average. A common career progression for a Survey Technician is to become a Land Surveyor or a Survey Party Chief. Compared to Survey Technicians, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Professional skills reported by Survey Technicians are few in number. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Global Positioning Systems, Computer Aided Drafting & Design and Land Surveying abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 4 percent and 12 percent. Those proficient in Computer Aided Drafting & Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Pay by Experience Level for Survey Technician

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


Survey Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $35K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $45K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $54K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%


National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries



Land Surveying
up arrow 4%

National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 22%