Surveyor Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $15.45 $27.20 $44.15
Annual Wage $32,100 $56,600 $91,800
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Surveyors determine property boundaries and take exact measurements of land features, taking into account the contour and shape of the Earth's surface. This data is then used for construction projects, mapmaking, engineering, and more. They travel to worksites to measure distances between certain points, select reference points, and establish official water and land boundaries. Using this data, they then prepare reports, maps, and plots, which can be used for a variety of purposes.

As of 2012, the median annual salary for surveyors was $56,230. The lowest ten percent of surveyors earned less than $32,200 a year, while the top ten percent earned more than $90,900 a year.

For the top five industries employing surveyors, the median annual salaries were as follows:

State government (non-educational) $68,590
Local government (non-educational) $61,880
Heaving construction $57,300
Extraction of gas, oil, rocks and minerals $55,300
Architectural and engineering services $54,400
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