Professional Land Surveyor Salary

With about four-fifths of Professional Land Surveyors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $49K to $95K per year and averages out to $69K per year. Total cash earnings of Professional Land Surveyors range from $49K on the low end to $95K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $7K, respectively. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$50,387 - $97,616
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$70K
$98K
MEDIAN: $70,144
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$19.94 - $38.93
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MEDIAN: $29.04
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$0$97K
Salary $50,387 - $97,616
Bonus $491.69 - $9,890
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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$48,844 - $97,577
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 238
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $19.94 - $38.93
Overtime $22.35 - $53.38
Annual Data $0$97K
Bonus $491.69 - $9,890
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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$48,844 - $97,577
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 135

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Job Description for Professional Land Surveyor

A professional land surveyor performs surveys and land measurements that may serve a variety of purposes; they may also supervise crews completing surveying work. Usually, these surveys with are for future building or infrastructure projects by public or private contractors. As a licensed professional, the surveyor usually performs a variety of roles in not only measurement procedures, but also in personnel management, reconciling data, and preparing reports of findings.

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Professional Land Surveyor Tasks

  • Survey sites and document topology, utilities, construction locations and transportation information.
  • Coordinate with and inform workers, engineers, property owners and the public.
  • Create documents and images to convey site information and guide projects.
  • Measure and determine boundaries, areas, elevations, dimensions and other metrics.

Common Career Paths for Professional Land Surveyor


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Professional Land Surveyors may experience a considerable drop in salary when they transition into an upper level Land Surveyor position, where pay tends to be around $51K.

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Popular Skills for Professional Land Surveyor


Professional Land Surveyors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3d, Project Management, Research Analysis, and Land Surveying are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Autocad Civil 3D and AutoCAD. Most people who know Land Surveying also know Project Management and AutoCAD. Those educated in Global Positioning Systems tend to be well versed in AutoCAD and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Professional Land Surveyor

Pay by Experience for a Professional Land Surveyor has a positive trend. An entry-level Professional Land Surveyor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 47 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Professional 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 $63,000 based on 80 salaries. An experienced Professional Land Surveyor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $67,000 based on 171 salaries. A Professional 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 $71,000 based on 160 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $69,548

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Professional Land Surveyors, 27 percent above the national average. Professional Land Surveyors will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+25 percent), Denver (+19 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Oklahoma City (+3 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (14 percent lower) and Jacksonville (11 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Professional Land Surveyor

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
50%
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Experience Affects Professional Land Surveyor Salaries

▲3%

National Average
$70,000

▼3%

▼9%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Professional Land Surveyor Salaries





National Average
$70,000



autodesk autocad
▼3%

▼7%

Autocad Civil 3D
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 67 votes.

Gender

Female
7 %
Male
93 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
50%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 18%
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