Surveyors Salary Information

The salary statistics of surveyors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of surveyors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The surveyors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Surveyors Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,630
25th Percentile Wage
$44,350
50th Percentile Wage
$59,390
75th Percentile Wage
$78,800
90th Percentile Wage
$98,360

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for surveyors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) surveyors is $98,360. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,390. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,630. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 192% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of surveyors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201659,3902.31%5.32%
201558,0201.67%-
201457,0500.81%-
201356,5900.64%-
201256,230--

Table 2. Surveyors Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of surveyors in 12 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for surveyors occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $93,100. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $49,840).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$93,100
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$81,370
Utilities
$73,370
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,820
Federal, State, and Local Government
$67,760
Mining
$62,820
Construction
$61,710
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$58,960
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$58,020
Finance and Insurance
$56,520
Manufacturing
$50,370
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$49,840

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Surveyors by States

From the above tables we note that not only surveyors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of surveyors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $31,660 to $87,570. The highest paying state for surveyors is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $87,570. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $31,660. For more salary information of surveyors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$87,570
California
$86,870
Alaska
$80,460
Washington
$77,650
New Jersey
$71,320
New York
$70,870
Nevada
$67,160
Oregon
$67,070
Minnesota
$63,110
North Dakota
$62,570
Delaware
$62,420
Illinois
$61,600
Idaho
$61,480
Wyoming
$61,210
Utah
$60,780
Iowa
$59,900
Connecticut
$59,850
New Mexico
$59,700
North Carolina
$59,090
Pennsylvania
$58,830
Colorado
$58,690
Virginia
$58,630
Montana
$58,420
South Dakota
$58,360
Massachusetts
$58,220
Hawaii
$58,150
Maryland
$57,720
Texas
$56,320
Ohio
$56,150
New Hampshire
$56,000
Wisconsin
$55,990
Arizona
$55,590
Indiana
$55,520
Florida
$55,200
Louisiana
$54,980
Kansas
$52,810
Georgia
$52,690
Alabama
$52,540
Michigan
$52,180
Missouri
$52,160
Kentucky
$51,770
Maine
$50,980
Nebraska
$50,520
West Virginia
$49,840
Rhode Island
$49,600
Oklahoma
$47,040
Mississippi
$46,290
Vermont
$44,500
Tennessee
$42,880
Arkansas
$41,650
South Carolina
$39,840
Puerto Rico
$31,660


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