Survey Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of Survey Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $17.81 per hour. Total cash compensation to Survey Technicians bottoms out near $28K and approaches $61K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $3K from bonuses and almost $2K from profit sharing. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although between a fifth and a fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$30,516 - $66,522
(Median)
$31K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,341
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$12.36 - $26.37
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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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It's not very common for Survey Technicians to move on to become Professional Land Surveyors. Average pay for a Professional Land Surveyor is $64K annually. When Survey Technicians are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Land Surveyors or Survey Party Chiefs. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $4K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Professional skills reported by Survey Technicians are few in number. 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. Most people skilled in Global Positioning Systems are similarly competent in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. Survey Technicians bring in $47K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey Technicians who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $55K.

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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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