Survey Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Survey Technicians earn an average of $17.81 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Survey Technicians stretch from $28K on the lower end to $61K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $2K from profit sharing. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Work is enjoyable for Survey Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$30,516 - $66,522
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,341
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$12.36 - $26.37
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$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,516 - $66,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,965  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$27,541 - $61,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.36 - $26.37  
   
Overtime
$19.32 - $38.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,965  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,973  
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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$27,541 - $61,470  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 325
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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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There are some Survey Technicians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Professional Land Surveyors, where earnings are an average $64K annually. Land Surveyors or Survey Party Chiefs are common next-step roles for Survey Technicians moving up in their careers; annual pay for Land Surveyors is $10K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Survey Party Chiefs.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Survey Technicians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, facility with Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 7 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Global Positioning Systems indicates knowledge of 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.


Survey Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. Survey Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $55K on average.

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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 21%


Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
up arrow 3%

Land Surveying
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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