Survey Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Survey Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.17 per hour. In the world of Survey Technicians, total cash compensation can vary between $27K and $59K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $3K and $2K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Survey Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,242 - $62,328
$29K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,003
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90%

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$12.29 - $25.65
$12
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.17
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,242 - $62,328  
   
Bonus
$101.01 - $3,037  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,677  
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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$26,987 - $59,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 69
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $25.65  
   
Overtime
$18.67 - $39.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$101.01 - $3,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $1,677  
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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$26,987 - $59,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 298

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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 not the most common occurrence, Survey Technicians sometimes become Professional Land Surveyors, where the average income is $65K per year. Survey Technicians most often move into positions as Land Surveyors or Survey Party Chiefs; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $6K 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 26 percent, 23 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems. Those educated in Global Positioning Systems tend to be well versed in 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: $39,984

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For those looking to make money, Survey Technicians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Survey Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), Minneapolis (+9 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Portland (+4 percent). Survey Technicians in Orlando make 28 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Key Stats for Survey Technician

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries

▲39%

▲21%

▲12%

National Average
$40,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲26%

Microstation
▲23%




Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▲1%

National Average
$40,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 40%
no benefits
None: 23%
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