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Survey Technician Salary

Survey Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.81 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,708 - $66,398
(Median)
$30K
$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,238
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$12.19 - $25.88
(Median)
$12
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,708 - $66,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
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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$26,284 - $61,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $25.88  
   
Overtime
$18.87 - $37.10  
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 - $2,973  
   
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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$26,284 - $61,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241

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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 not commonly seen, Survey Technicians who transition into a Professional Land Surveyor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Professional Land Surveyors is $64K per year. 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 $10K more on average, and the second group earns $4K more.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Typical Survey Technicians report a focused set of job 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 11 percent. Most people skilled in Computer Aided Drafting & Design are similarly competent 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Survey Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Survey Technicians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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
31%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%