How Much Does A Survey Technician Make?

When it comes to making measurements on the earth’s surface, survey technicians assist surveyors in doing the job. It’s a career for those who love math and traveling in various parts of the world. Survey technicians also have to be comfortable with computers and technology since they will be using Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems to do their work.

Survey technicians are paid well and the opportunities for employment are set to grow in the next few years.

Average Survey Technician Annual Salary

$45,490

The average annual salary for survey technicians is $45,490 a year. Salaries start at $26,030 a year and go up to $70,280 a year.

Average Survey Technician Hourly Wage

$21.87

The average hourly wage for a survey technician is $21.87. Hourly wages were between $12.52 and $33.79 an hour.

Stats were based out of 53,920 employed survey technicians in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Survey Technician

$70,280/year $33.79/hour

(Top 10% of Survey Technicians)


Senior Survey Technician

$55,690/year $26.77/hour

(Top 25% of Survey Technicians)


Mid Level Survey Technician

$42,450/year $20.41/hour

(Median)


Junior Survey Technician

$32,860/year $15.80/hour

(Bottom 25% of Survey Technicians)


Entry Level Survey Technician

$26,030/year $12.52/hour

(Bottom 10% of Survey Technicians)


Survey Technician Average Salary Comparison

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
$71k / year
$34 / hour
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other
$64k / year
$30 / hour
Electrical and Electronics Drafters
$63k / year
$30 / hour
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians
$62k / year
$30 / hour
Electro-Mechanical Technicians
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Mechanical Engineering Technicians
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Mechanical Drafters
$57k / year
$27 / hour
Industrial Engineering Technicians
$56k / year
$27 / hour
Drafters, All Other
$54k / year
$26 / hour
Architectural and Civil Drafters
$54k / year
$26 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Survey Technicians

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Survey Technicians

Survey Technician Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 California $30.97 $64,420
#2 Alaska $28.92 $60,150
#3 Illinois $25.97 $54,030
#4 Nevada $25.91 $53,890
#5 Washington $25.35 $52,730
#6 Connecticut $25.24 $52,510
#7 Massachusetts $24.85 $51,680
#8 Minnesota $24.40 $50,750
#9 Arizona $24.36 $50,660
#10 Oregon $24.26 $50,460
#11 Virginia $24.02 $49,970
#12 Maryland $23.51 $48,890
#13 New York $23.48 $48,840
#14 Colorado $23.18 $48,210
#15 Hawaii $23.08 $48,020
#16 New Jersey $23.03 $47,900
#17 Vermont $22.71 $47,240
#18 Pennsylvania $22.62 $47,040
#19 Oklahoma $22.58 $46,970
#20 Montana $22.57 $46,950
#21 Wyoming $22.05 $45,860
#22 Utah $21.62 $44,980
#23 Tennessee $21.49 $44,700
#24 Iowa $21.37 $44,440
#25 North Dakota $21.36 $44,420
#26 New Hampshire $21.24 $44,190
#27 Texas $21.14 $43,970
#28 Ohio $21.14 $43,980
#29 Rhode Island $21.04 $43,760
#30 Wisconsin $20.93 $43,530
#31 New Mexico $20.93 $43,530
#32 Idaho $20.91 $43,490
#33 Alabama $19.93 $41,460
#34 Missouri $19.83 $41,250
#35 Indiana $19.68 $40,940
#36 Maine $19.62 $40,810
#37 Nebraska $19.60 $40,770
#38 Georgia $19.52 $40,610
#39 Michigan $19.43 $40,420
#40 Mississippi $19.43 $40,420
#41 Kentucky $19.25 $40,040
#42 Delaware $19.04 $39,610
#43 North Carolina $18.93 $39,370
#44 Louisiana $18.76 $39,020
#45 Florida $18.07 $37,590
#46 Kansas $17.88 $37,190
#47 South Carolina $17.78 $36,980
#48 Arkansas $17.60 $36,610
#49 South Dakota $17.47 $36,340
#50 West Virginia $17.47 $36,340
#51 Puerto Rico $11.18 $23,260

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Career Spotlight: Survey Technician

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