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How Much Money Does a Land Surveyor Make?

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A land surveyor uses specialized equipment and tools to analyze a land area for building construction projects. After evaluating the land, the surveyor prepares maps and documents to direct project supervisors. The average annual salary for a land surveyor was $59,570 as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Surveyor Pay Details

Surveyors have a wide pay range. The bottom 10 percent of earners made at or below $32,130 per year in 2013, according to the BLS. The top 10 percent made at or above $91,790. State government surveyors had the highest industry average at $71,410 a year. Among the states, California had the highest average salaries for surveyors at $82,290 per year. Alaska had the next highest state average at $74,510.

2016 Salary Information for Surveyors

Surveyors earned a median annual salary of $59,390 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, surveyors earned a 25th percentile salary of $44,350, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $78,800, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 44,800 people were employed in the U.S. as surveyors.