Land Surveyor Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Land Surveyors in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.79 per hour nationwide. Total cash earnings of Land Surveyors range from $30K on the low end to $85K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $8K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. While nearly one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Land Surveyors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,161 - $97,364
$40K
$60K
$97K
MEDIAN: $60,179
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50%
90%

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$12.13 - $30.51
$12
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$31
MEDIAN: $18.69
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$0$97K
Salary $40,161 - $97,364
Bonus $192.22 - $6,100
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,149
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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$29,923 - $84,551
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 329
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $12.13 - $30.51
Hourly Tips $4.75
Overtime $17.36 - $42.62
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $192.22 - $6,100
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,149
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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$29,923 - $84,551
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 540

Job Description for Land Surveyor

Most of the time land surveyors work for engineering, land development or construction companies. They perform boundary surveys, primary surveys, construction staking and other relevant tasks. They must make accurate measurements and determine property boundaries accurately, as well as read construction drawings and ask architects assigned to the project any relevant questions regarding construction drawings. Land surveyors must provide data related to location, elevation, gravitation and other metrics, and they may be required to use global positioning systems (GPS) to determine longitudes and latitudes of relevant boundaries and features of the locations being surveyed. Some land surveyors use helicopters for land surveying, and they may need to train assistants to perform surveys and draft maps.

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Land Surveyor Tasks

  • Assist in the preparation of land development plans and correspondence.
  • Produce drawings from raw survey data through the finished product.
  • Perform field surveying to obtain data for base plans.
  • Perform construction stake-out and boundary surveys.
  • Maintain and store of drawing files for active projects.

Common Career Paths for Land Surveyor


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Land Surveyors may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. When Land Surveyors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Lead Land Surveyors or Civil Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $6K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Land Surveyor


Land Surveyors seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Autodesk AutoCAD Land Desktop, and Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 51 percent, 31 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Those educated in AutoCAD tend to be well versed in Autocad Civil 3D.

Pay by Experience Level for Land Surveyor

Pay by Experience for a Land Surveyor has a positive trend. An entry-level Land Surveyor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 322 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Land Surveyor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 193 salaries. An experienced Land Surveyor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 266 salaries. A Land Surveyor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 185 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,551

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

For Land Surveyors, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 42 percent greater than the national average. Land Surveyors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+34 percent), Denver (+34 percent), Atlanta (+25 percent), and Nashville (+22 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Orlando (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Land Surveyor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Land Surveyor?

Land Surveyor in Victoria:
Pros: Being outside.
Cons: Muddy or cold conditions.

Land Surveyor in Chennai:
"Aravinthan."
Pros: Vrey good jop in land surveying. My inrest work.
Cons: No. Bad surveying in never. Very good jop.

Land Surveyor in Fremont:
"The job is fast paced and rewarding, but can be stressful."
Pros: The job allows me to continue an education, as well as offer experience, with AutoCAD. This job is flexible to my current statues as a college student.
Cons: With the hours I am currently working I have little time to myself beyond working and studying. The job can be stressful and can seem overbearing at times.

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Key Stats for Land Surveyor

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Experience Affects Land Surveyor Salaries

▲33%

▲16%

▲3%

National Average
$51,000

▼26%

Skills That Affect Land Surveyor Salaries

Project Management
▲50%

Autodesk AutoCAD Land Desktop
▲30%



Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
▲11%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▲11%


▲10%


▲7%

Land Surveying
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 28%