How Much Does A Surveyor Make?

Surveyors make measurements on the earth in order to define boundary properties. Their work is needed specifically to prevent or resolve boundary disputes. Surveyors can specialize in geodetics where the focus is on making measurements on large areas of land or in geophysical prospecting where their main task is to measure areas where possible petroleum or natural gas resources are likely to be found.

They can also work as marine or hydrographic surveyors. Surveyors are well-paid and the profession is expected to have good job opportunities in the next few years.

Average Surveyor Annual Salary

$63,480

The average annual salary for surveyors is $63,480 a year. Salaries start at $33,630 a year and go up to $98,360 a year.

Average Surveyor Hourly Wage

$30.52

The average hourly wage for a surveyor is $30.52. Hourly wages were between $16.17 and $47.29 an hour.

Stats were based out of 43,340 employed surveyors in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Surveyor

$98,360/year $47.29/hour

(Top 10% of Surveyors)


Senior Surveyor

$78,800/year $37.89/hour

(Top 25% of Surveyors)


Mid Level Surveyor

$59,390/year $28.56/hour

(Median)


Junior Surveyor

$44,350/year $21.32/hour

(Bottom 25% of Surveyors)


Entry Level Surveyor

$33,630/year $16.17/hour

(Bottom 10% of Surveyors)


Surveyor Average Salary Comparison

Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
$84k / year
$40 / hour
Landscape Architects
$68k / year
$33 / hour
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
$66k / year
$31 / hour
Surveyors
$63k / year
$30 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Surveyors

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Surveyors

Surveyor Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 California $41.43 $86,180
#2 Alaska $37.86 $78,750
#3 Washington $36.51 $75,940
#4 New York $35.46 $73,760
#5 New Jersey $34.21 $71,160
#6 Nevada $33.82 $70,340
#7 Minnesota $32.14 $66,840
#8 Oregon $32.09 $66,750
#9 Delaware $32.00 $66,560
#10 North Dakota $31.84 $66,220
#11 Virginia $31.79 $66,120
#12 Illinois $31.01 $64,500
#13 Massachusetts $30.91 $64,300
#14 Utah $30.78 $64,010
#15 North Carolina $30.70 $63,850
#16 Maryland $30.40 $63,230
#17 New Mexico $30.26 $62,930
#18 Florida $30.07 $62,540
#19 South Dakota $30.03 $62,460
#20 Texas $29.97 $62,330
#21 Idaho $29.94 $62,280
#22 Connecticut $29.72 $61,820
#23 Wyoming $29.58 $61,520
#24 Iowa $29.41 $61,180
#25 Colorado $29.20 $60,740
#26 Pennsylvania $29.18 $60,700
#27 Montana $29.10 $60,530
#28 Arizona $28.81 $59,920
#29 Rhode Island $28.70 $59,690
#30 Hawaii $28.62 $59,530
#31 West Virginia $27.98 $58,200
#32 Ohio $27.88 $57,980
#33 Louisiana $27.71 $57,630
#34 Wisconsin $27.44 $57,080
#35 New Hampshire $27.42 $57,030
#36 Indiana $27.39 $56,970
#37 Missouri $26.88 $55,920
#38 Kansas $26.57 $55,260
#39 Michigan $26.27 $54,650
#40 Alabama $26.20 $54,500
#41 Georgia $26.14 $54,370
#42 Nebraska $25.82 $53,710
#43 Maine $25.68 $53,410
#44 Kentucky $25.62 $53,280
#45 Oklahoma $24.19 $50,320
#46 Mississippi $24.06 $50,040
#47 Vermont $22.42 $46,620
#48 Tennessee $21.97 $45,700
#49 South Carolina $21.86 $45,470
#50 Arkansas $20.97 $43,610
#51 Puerto Rico $16.53 $34,390

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

Career Spotlight: Surveyor

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