Survey Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of Survey Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $17.90 per hour. In the world of Survey Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $61K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Job satisfaction for Survey Technicians is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,741 - $67,962
$29K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,974
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50%
90%

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$12.63 - $25.65
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $17.90
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$0$67K
Salary $28,741 - $67,962
Bonus $98.39 - $4,064
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,904
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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$27,567 - $60,804
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 67
Hourly Data $0$38
Hourly Rate $12.63 - $25.65
Overtime $19.21 - $38.98
Annual Data $0$60K
Bonus $98.39 - $4,064
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,904
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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$27,567 - $60,804
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 335

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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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Survey Technicians sometimes assume positions such as Professional Land Surveyors. That role pays $65K per year on average. It is quite typical for Survey Technicians to transition into roles as Land Surveyors or Survey Party Chiefs, where reported median earnings are $10K and $5K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Survey Technician


Survey Technicians seem to require a number of specific 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 23 percent, 20 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Most people skilled in Global Positioning Systems are similarly competent 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: $40,946

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Survey Technicians will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. Survey Technicians will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Minneapolis (+7 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Portland (+2 percent). Survey Technicians in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 30 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay.

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Key Stats for Survey Technician

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Survey Technician Salaries

▲36%

▲18%

▲10%

National Average
$41,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Survey Technician Salaries

Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d
▲23%

Microstation
▲20%



National Average
$41,000


Computer Aided Design (CAD)
▼1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 25%
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