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Survey Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Survey Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.67 per hour nationwide. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$31,632 - $65,800
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,716
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$12.22 - $25.98
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,632 - $65,800  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,952  
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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$26,506 - $60,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $25.98  
   
Overtime
$18.93 - $37.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,952  
   
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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$26,506 - $60,919  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 255

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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. 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 only report a few specific skills. Skill set and salary are closely correlated, and individuals who are practiced in Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Global Positioning Systems and Land Surveying abilities will see corresponding pay increases between 4 percent and 10 percent. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. For Survey Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $46K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $53K.

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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries



Land Surveying
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 22%
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