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Professional Surveyors

Professional Surveyors


Training and Education

Many employers require a bachelor’s degree from job applicants. Bachelor’s degrees are held by 82% of employees. People with some college experience but no degree make up 18% of professional surveyors.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

A government survey revealed that 5% of employees work only part of the time. Professional surveyors who work as their own boss represent 4% of the total.


Area Job Conditions

There are comparatively more jobs of this type in Yuba City (California) Gulfport (Mississippi) and Anchorage (Alaska) and comparatively fewer in Grand Rapids (Michigan) New York (New York) and Greensboro (North Carolina).

The earning potential for employees appears to be highest in Santa Barbara (California) Yuba City (California) and Anchorage (Alaska) and lowest (comparatively speaking) in Nashville (Tennessee) Shreveport (Louisiana) and Florence (South Carolina).


Video Overview

Briefly introduces surveying careers. Produced for the US Department of Labor.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

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State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
AK Anchorage $79520 $53K – $96K 230 0.13%
AL Birmingham – Hoover $57170 $35K – $93K 120 0.03%
AL Huntsville $58020 $30K – $89K 70 0.03%
AL Mobile $52790 $33K – $91K 100 0.06%
AL Montgomery $49910 $40K – $69K 60 0.04%
AR Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers $30770 $25K – $60K 110 0.06%
AR Fort Smith $40780 $23K – $63K 40 0.04%
AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $40920 $26K – $65K 160 0.05%
AZ Flagstaff $40370 $27K – $90K 40 0.07%
AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $50820 $40K – $84K 610 0.04%
AZ Tucson $51100 $38K – $86K 130 0.04%
CA Bakersfield – Delano $65950 $44K – $109K 90 0.03%
CA Fresno $81280 $44K – $105K 140 0.04%
CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $85650 $55K – $111K 520 0.01%
CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $96340 $71K – $122K 330 0.03%
CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $84180 $65K – $97K 80 0.03%
CA Redding $95490 $58K – $109K 70 0.12%
CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $85990 $50K – $110K 280 0.02%
CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $89920 $66K – $113K 370 0.05%
CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $76030 $54K – $101K 430 0.03%
CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $77750 $53K – $103K 140 0.01%
CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $82020 $65K – $108K 270 0.03%
CA San Luis Obispo – Paso Robles $89960 $36K – $109K 70 0.07%
CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $85750 $67K – $107K 560 0.04%
CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $80690 $49K – $113K 50 0.03%
CA Santa Cruz – Watsonville $70420 $62K – $101K 40 0.05%
CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $72190 $57K – $105K 40 0.02%
CA Stockton $89980 $66K – $109K 50 0.03%
CO Boulder $58330 $40K – $102K 80 0.05%
CO Colorado Springs $58610 $41K – $77K 130 0.06%
CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $58480 $39K – $85K 420 0.03%
CO Fort Collins – Loveland $61630 $45K – $74K 50 0.04%
CO Grand Junction $54020 $26K – $87K 60 0.10%
CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $69050 $42K – $137K 170 0.04%
CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $64970 $41K – $92K 110 0.02%
CT New Haven $64550 $48K – $89K 50 0.02%
CT Norwich – New London $58130 $49K – $136K 50 0.04%
DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $57340 $35K – $90K 670 0.03%
DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $78500 $50K – $117K 90 0.03%
FL Cape Coral – Fort Myers $53220 $39K – $76K 70 0.03%
FL Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach $48940 $26K – $86K 50 0.04%
FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $53980 $28K – $85K 130 0.02%
FL Jacksonville $68260 $44K – $91K 140 0.02%
FL Lakeland – Winter Haven $47780 $30K – $86K 80 0.04%
FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $53630 $23K – $95K 150 0.01%
FL Naples – Marco Island $45960 $22K – $89K 30 0.03%
FL North Port – Bradenton – Sarasota $45220 $39K – $76K 80 0.03%
FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $60870 $33K – $85K 260 0.03%
FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $41220 $17K – $69K 60 0.03%
FL Panama City – Lynn Haven – Panama City Beach $65040 $23K – $91K 30 0.05%
FL Pensacola – Ferry Pass – Brent $42830 $21K – $72K 70 0.04%
FL Tallahassee $56700 $38K – $80K 80 0.05%
FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $65700 $28K – $89K 270 0.02%
FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $56840 $31K – $87K 130 0.03%
GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $46430 $24K – $87K 670 0.03%
GA Augusta – Richmond County $39290 $31K – $68K 130 0.07%
GA Columbus $51830 $34K – $62K 40 0.04%
GA Savannah $40460 $31K – $74K 50 0.04%
GA Warner Robins $40220 $21K – $68K 30 0.05%
HI Honolulu $52920 $24K – $85K 180 0.04%
IA Cedar Rapids $55190 $36K – $71K 40 0.03%
IA Davenport – Moline – Rock Island $52860 $33K – $84K 40 0.02%
IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $48190 $27K – $75K 60 0.02%
ID Boise City – Nampa $75760 $49K – $92K 120 0.05%
ID Coeur d’Alene ID $46290 $33K – $85K 30 0.06%
IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $66920 $38K – $90K 630 0.02%
IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $50880 $27K – $81K N/A N/A
IL Peoria $63700 $42K – $89K 70 0.04%
IN Evansville $52920 $37K – $87K 110 0.06%
IN Fort Wayne $56390 $27K – $151K 50 0.03%
IN Gary (Metro Area) $63080 $44K – $87K 100 0.04%
IN Indianapolis – Carmel $52470 $32K – $76K 210 0.02%
KS Manhattan $41480 $33K – $57K 40 0.08%
KS Topeka $52700 $35K – $72K 40 0.04%
KS Wichita $46630 $35K – $71K 130 0.05%
KY Lexington – Fayette $65330 $43K – $75K 80 0.03%
KY Louisville – Jefferson County $55620 $33K – $73K 70 0.01%
LA Alexandria $38370 $23K – $80K 60 0.10%
LA Baton Rouge $48560 $28K – $82K 240 0.07%
LA Houma – Bayou Cane – Thibodaux $41000 $25K – $74K 70 0.08%
LA Lafayette $54890 $32K – $75K 360 0.24%
LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $55620 $33K – $89K 230 0.05%
LA Shreveport – Bossier City $41560 $26K – $68K 110 0.06%
MA Barnstable Town $57940 $39K – $115K 50 0.05%
MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $74320 $30K – $132K 200 0.01%
MA Framingham (Metro Area) $64670 $43K – $90K 70 0.05%
MA Haverhill – North Andover – Amesbury (Metro Area) $61380 $48K – $82K 40 0.05%
MA Lowell – Billerica – Chelmsford (Metro Area) $52740 $37K – $87K 30 0.03%
MA Springfield $47540 $38K – $91K 70 0.02%
MA Worcester $53350 $32K – $108K 70 0.03%
MD Baltimore – Towson $50710 $30K – $79K 430 0.03%
MD Bethesda – Rockville – Frederick (Metro Area) $62680 $35K – $126K 210 0.04%
ME Bangor $45880 $29K – $61K 30 0.05%
ME Portland – South Portland – Biddeford $46560 $39K – $64K 50 0.02%
MI Ann Arbor $56620 $40K – $104K 40 0.02%
MI Detroit – Livonia – Dearborn (Metro Area) $51080 $40K – $71K 50 0.01%
MI Flint $40080 $29K – $59K 70 0.05%
MI Grand Rapids – Wyoming $42490 $32K – $70K 50 0.01%
MI Lansing – East Lansing $63470 $38K – $82K 60 0.03%
MI Warren – Troy – Farmington Hills (Metro Area) $52730 $33K – $73K 430 0.04%
MN Duluth $73980 $53K – $114K 40 0.03%
MN Minneapolis – St. Paul – Bloomington $60100 $50K – $86K 470 0.03%
MN Rochester $58910 $31K – $77K 30 0.03%
MO Columbia $44500 $33K – $146K 40 0.04%
MO Kansas City $54130 $39K – $79K 240 0.02%
MO Springfield $46180 $32K – $128K 60 0.03%
MO St. Louis $58340 $36K – $89K 350 0.03%
MS Gulfport – Biloxi $46960 $26K – $61K 70 0.06%
MS Jackson $34350 $21K – $59K 150 0.06%
MS Pascagoula $43550 $31K – $70K 50 0.09%
MT Billings $60530 $36K – $76K 80 0.09%
MT Missoula $52900 $34K – $85K 50 0.10%
NC Asheville $44270 $30K – $71K 50 0.03%
NC Charlotte – Gastonia – Rock Hill $53530 $37K – $82K 180 0.02%
NC Durham – Chapel Hill $50570 $33K – $73K 70 0.02%
NC Greensboro – High Point $45460 $28K – $77K 50 0.01%
NC Greenville $38190 $31K – $70K 40 0.05%
NC Raleigh – Cary $46520 $31K – $93K 180 0.04%
ND Bismarck $45840 $35K – $60K 50 0.08%
ND Fargo $46090 $28K – $65K 40 0.03%
NE Lincoln $47150 $32K – $72K 30 0.02%
NE Omaha – Council Bluffs $48060 $32K – $69K 230 0.05%
NH Manchester $61990 $42K – $89K 40 0.04%
NH Nashua (Metro Area) $52540 $41K – $73K 90 0.07%
NJ Camden (Metro Area) $57260 $30K – $84K 90 0.02%
NJ Edison – New Brunswick (Metro Area) $64350 $46K – $92K 230 0.02%
NJ Newark – Union (Metro Area) $72520 $44K – $97K 280 0.03%
NJ Trenton – Ewing $52840 $33K – $97K 60 0.03%
NM Albuquerque $52560 $33K – $95K 160 0.04%
NM Farmington $43880 $30K – $83K 50 0.10%
NM Santa Fe $52900 $35K – $87K 60 0.10%
NV Las Vegas – Paradise $75570 $39K – $113K 170 120 0.07%
NY Albany – Schenectady – Troy $60260 $38K – $90K 90 0.02%
NY Buffalo – Niagara Falls $37000 $32K – $74K 170 0.03%
NY Nassau – Suffolk (Metro Area) $74930 $52K – $103K 340 0.03%
NY New York – White Plains – Wayne (Metro Area) $72480 $45K – $105K 630 0.01%
NY Poughkeepsie – Newburgh – Middletown $50210 $31K – $79K 80 0.03%
NY Rochester $60010 $38K – $86K 120 0.02%
NY Syracuse $45180 $32K – $83K 60 0.02%
OH Akron $54060 $18K – $81K 130 0.04%
OH Canton – Massillon $44720 $33K – $69K 40 0.03%
OH Cincinnati – Middletown $54590 $19K – $74K 230 0.02%
OH Cleveland – Elyria – Mentor $52930 $33K – $75K 180 0.02%
OH Columbus $59740 $35K – $94K 200 0.02%
OH Dayton $49910 $40K – $74K 60 0.02%
OH Toledo $65350 $38K – $89K 70 0.02%
OK Oklahoma City $49540 $22K – $90K 460 0.08%
OK Tulsa $56930 $31K – $87K 280 0.07%
OR Bend $59630 $42K – $87K 50 0.09%
OR Corvallis $58480 $42K – $74K 30 0.10%
OR Eugene – Springfield $65380 $51K – $78K 30 0.03%
OR Medford $47780 $40K – $75K 40 0.05%
OR Portland – Vancouver – Hillsboro $64620 $50K – $92K 300 0.03%
OR Salem $68120 $34K – $87K 40 0.03%
PA Allentown – Bethlehem – Easton $63070 $43K – $85K 100 0.03%
PA Harrisburg – Carlisle $58190 $32K – $80K 90 0.03%
PA Lancaster $54640 $42K – $72K 60 0.03%
PA Philadelphia (Metro Area) $55160 $40K – $75K 340 0.02%
PA Pittsburgh $47220 $35K – $77K 370 0.03%
PA Reading $52910 $40K – $81K 40 0.02%
PA Scranton – Wilkes – Barre $47160 $40K – $71K 60 0.02%
PA State College $56850 $43K – $78K 30 0.05%
PA York – Hanover $46900 $36K – $72K 70 0.04%
PR Aguadilla – Isabela – San Sebastian $18800 $16K – $37K N/A N/A
PR San Juan – Caguas – Guaynabo $36920 $25K – $55K 120 0.02%
RI Providence – Fall River – Warwick $69430 $44K – $119K 90 0.02%
SC Charleston – North Charleston – Summerville $61640 $37K – $100K 180 0.06%
SC Columbia $48630 $34K – $75K 190 0.06%
SC Florence $46300 $33K – $61K 40 0.05%
SC Greenville – Mauldin – Easley N/A N/A – N/A 100 0.03%
SC Myrtle Beach – North Myrtle Beach – Conway $39140 $20K – $74K 30 0.03%
SC Spartanburg $45740 $31K – $84K N/A N/A
SD Sioux Falls $54940 $44K – $62K 40 0.03%
TN Chattanooga $34620 $25K – $72K 80 0.03%
TN Clarksville $43670 $31K – $61K 50 0.06%
TN Johnson City $42900 $26K – $65K 30 0.04%
TN Kingsport – Bristol – Bristol $44440 $27K – $69K 50 0.04%
TN Knoxville $39490 $25K – $71K 120 0.04%
TN Memphis $41100 $21K – $75K 90 0.01%
TN Nashville – Davidson – Murfreesboro – Franklin $46570 $33K – $74K 140 0.02%
TX Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos $46710 $32K – $85K 370 0.05%
TX Beaumont – Port Arthur $53360 $34K – $75K 160 0.10%
TX Corpus Christi $45000 $28K – $87K 80 0.05%
TX Dallas – Plano – Irving (Metro Area) $56810 $33K – $85K 400 0.02%
TX El Paso $36140 $25K – $72K 30 0.01%
TX Fort Worth – Arlington (Metro Area) $64870 $36K – $102K 170 0.02%
TX Houston – Sugar Land – Baytown $53450 $29K – $95K 2020 0.08%
TX Laredo $49290 $32K – $79K 40 0.05%
TX Longview $48900 $38K – $69K 40 0.04%
TX Lubbock $40530 $24K – $72K 40 0.03%
TX McAllen – Edinburg – Mission $58890 $37K – $86K 40 0.02%
TX Midland $41080 $22K – $79K 80 0.10%
TX San Antonio – New Braunfels $50720 $27K – $75K 200 0.02%
TX Tyler $32290 $22K – $74K N/A N/A
TX Victoria $44100 $25K – $77K 40 0.09%
UT Ogden – Clearfield $53270 $40K – $77K 80 0.04%
UT Provo – Orem $59410 $42K – $88K 30 0.02%
UT Salt Lake City $65140 $45K – $90K 180 0.03%
VA Blacksburg – Christiansburg – Radford $38090 $23K – $86K 30 0.05%
VA Charlottesville $53180 $34K – $89K 40 0.04%
VA Lynchburg $35750 $31K – $50K 30 0.03%
VA Richmond $47920 $34K – $66K 280 0.05%
VA Roanoke $35170 $24K – $59K 70 0.04%
VA Virginia Beach – Norfolk – Newport News $62800 $30K – $92K 250 0.03%
VA Winchester $48210 $35K – $68K 50 0.09%
VT Burlington – South Burlington $42940 $33K – $58K N/A N/A
WA Bremerton – Silverdale $65020 $50K – $89K 60 0.07%
WA Kennewick – Pasco – Richland $66240 $44K – $91K 50 0.06%
WA Olympia $68430 $59K – $103K 30 0.03%
WA Seattle – Bellevue – Everett (Metro Area) $68250 $37K – $91K 320 0.02%
WA Spokane $70010 $41K – $105K 50 0.02%
WA Tacoma (Metro Area) $67830 $37K – $97K 100 0.04%
WI Eau Claire $47950 $33K – $72K 30 0.04%
WI Green Bay $45580 $32K – $67K 60 0.04%
WI Madison $56160 $37K – $73K 100 0.03%
WI Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis $58200 $35K – $76K 200 0.03%
WI Oshkosh – Neenah $45730 $33K – $64K 40 0.04%
WV Charleston $50770 $36K – $82K 150 0.10%
WV Huntington – Ashland $31240 $20K – $45K 30 0.03%

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