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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.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$79,520$53K - $96K2300.13%
ALBirmingham - Hoover$57,170$35K - $93K1200.03%
ALHuntsville$58,020$30K - $89K700.03%
ALMobile$52,790$33K - $91K1000.06%
ALMontgomery$49,910$40K - $69K600.04%
ARFayetteville - Springdale - Rogers$30,770$25K - $60K1100.06%
ARFort Smith$40,780$23K - $63K400.04%
ARLittle Rock - North Little Rock - Conway$40,920$26K - $65K1600.05%
AZFlagstaff$40,370$27K - $90K400.07%
AZPhoenix - Mesa - Glendale$50,820$40K - $84K6100.04%
AZTucson$51,100$38K - $86K1300.04%
CABakersfield - Delano$65,950$44K - $109K900.03%
CAFresno$81,280$44K - $105K1400.04%
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$85,650$55K - $111K5200.01%
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$96,340$71K - $122K3300.03%
CAOxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura$84,180$65K - $97K800.03%
CARedding$95,490$58K - $109K700.12%
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$85,990$50K - $110K2800.02%
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$89,920$66K - $113K3700.05%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$76,030$54K - $101K4300.03%
CASan Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)$77,750$53K - $103K1400.01%
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$82,020$65K - $108K2700.03%
CASan Luis Obispo - Paso Robles$89,960$36K - $109K700.07%
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$85,750$67K - $107K5600.04%
CASanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Goleta$80,690$49K - $113K500.03%
CASanta Cruz - Watsonville$70,420$62K - $101K400.05%
CASanta Rosa - Petaluma$72,190$57K - $105K400.02%
CAStockton$89,980$66K - $109K500.03%
COBoulder$58,330$40K - $102K800.05%
COColorado Springs$58,610$41K - $77K1300.06%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$58,480$39K - $85K4200.03%
COFort Collins - Loveland$61,630$45K - $74K500.04%
COGrand Junction$54,020$26K - $87K600.10%
CTBridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk$69,050$42K - $137K1700.04%
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$64,970$41K - $92K1100.02%
CTNew Haven$64,550$48K - $89K500.02%
CTNorwich - New London$58,130$49K - $136K500.04%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$57,340$35K - $90K6700.03%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$78,500$50K - $117K900.03%
FLCape Coral - Fort Myers$53,220$39K - $76K700.03%
FLDeltona - Daytona Beach - Ormond Beach$48,940$26K - $86K500.04%
FLFort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$53,980$28K - $85K1300.02%
FLJacksonville$68,260$44K - $91K1400.02%
FLLakeland - Winter Haven$47,780$30K - $86K800.04%
FLMiami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)$53,630$23K - $95K1500.01%
FLNaples - Marco Island$45,960$22K - $89K300.03%
FLNorth Port - Bradenton - Sarasota$45,220$39K - $76K800.03%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$60,870$33K - $85K2600.03%
FLPalm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville$41,220$17K - $69K600.03%
FLPanama City - Lynn Haven - Panama City Beach$65,040$23K - $91K300.05%
FLPensacola - Ferry Pass - Brent$42,830$21K - $72K700.04%
FLTallahassee$56,700$38K - $80K800.05%
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$65,700$28K - $89K2700.02%
FLWest Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$56,840$31K - $87K1300.03%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$46,430$24K - $87K6700.03%
GAAugusta - Richmond County$39,290$31K - $68K1300.07%
GAColumbus$51,830$34K - $62K400.04%
GASavannah$40,460$31K - $74K500.04%
GAWarner Robins$40,220$21K - $68K300.05%
HIHonolulu$52,920$24K - $85K1800.04%
IACedar Rapids$55,190$36K - $71K400.03%
IADavenport - Moline - Rock Island$52,860$33K - $84K400.02%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$48,190$27K - $75K600.02%
IDBoise City - Nampa$75,760$49K - $92K1200.05%
IDCoeur d'Alene, ID$46,290$33K - $85K300.06%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$66,920$38K - $90K6300.02%
ILLake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)$50,880$27K - $81KN/AN/A
ILPeoria$63,700$42K - $89K700.04%
INEvansville$52,920$37K - $87K1100.06%
INFort Wayne$56,390$27K - $151K500.03%
INGary (Metro Area)$63,080$44K - $87K1000.04%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$52,470$32K - $76K2100.02%
KSManhattan$41,480$33K - $57K400.08%
KSTopeka$52,700$35K - $72K400.04%
KSWichita$46,630$35K - $71K1300.05%
KYLexington - Fayette$65,330$43K - $75K800.03%
KYLouisville - Jefferson County$55,620$33K - $73K700.01%
LAAlexandria$38,370$23K - $80K600.10%
LABaton Rouge$48,560$28K - $82K2400.07%
LAHouma - Bayou Cane - Thibodaux$41,000$25K - $74K700.08%
LALafayette$54,890$32K - $75K3600.24%
LANew Orleans - Metairie - Kenner$55,620$33K - $89K2300.05%
LAShreveport - Bossier City$41,560$26K - $68K1100.06%
MABarnstable Town$57,940$39K - $115K500.05%
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$74,320$30K - $132K2000.01%
MAFramingham (Metro Area)$64,670$43K - $90K700.05%
MAHaverhill - North Andover - Amesbury (Metro Area)$61,380$48K - $82K400.05%
MALowell - Billerica - Chelmsford (Metro Area)$52,740$37K - $87K300.03%
MASpringfield$47,540$38K - $91K700.02%
MAWorcester$53,350$32K - $108K700.03%
MDBaltimore - Towson$50,710$30K - $79K4300.03%
MDBethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)$62,680$35K - $126K2100.04%
MEBangor$45,880$29K - $61K300.05%
MEPortland - South Portland - Biddeford$46,560$39K - $64K500.02%
MIAnn Arbor$56,620$40K - $104K400.02%
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$51,080$40K - $71K500.01%
MIFlint$40,080$29K - $59K700.05%
MIGrand Rapids - Wyoming$42,490$32K - $70K500.01%
MILansing - East Lansing$63,470$38K - $82K600.03%
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$52,730$33K - $73K4300.04%
MNDuluth$73,980$53K - $114K400.03%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$60,100$50K - $86K4700.03%
MNRochester$58,910$31K - $77K300.03%
MOColumbia$44,500$33K - $146K400.04%
MOKansas City$54,130$39K - $79K2400.02%
MOSpringfield$46,180$32K - $128K600.03%
MOSt. Louis$58,340$36K - $89K3500.03%
MSGulfport - Biloxi$46,960$26K - $61K700.06%
MSJackson$34,350$21K - $59K1500.06%
MSPascagoula$43,550$31K - $70K500.09%
MTBillings$60,530$36K - $76K800.09%
MTMissoula$52,900$34K - $85K500.10%
NCAsheville$44,270$30K - $71K500.03%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$53,530$37K - $82K1800.02%
NCDurham - Chapel Hill$50,570$33K - $73K700.02%
NCGreensboro - High Point$45,460$28K - $77K500.01%
NCGreenville$38,190$31K - $70K400.05%
NCRaleigh - Cary$46,520$31K - $93K1800.04%
NDBismarck$45,840$35K - $60K500.08%
NDFargo$46,090$28K - $65K400.03%
NELincoln$47,150$32K - $72K300.02%
NEOmaha - Council Bluffs$48,060$32K - $69K2300.05%
NHManchester$61,990$42K - $89K400.04%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$52,540$41K - $73K900.07%
NJCamden (Metro Area)$57,260$30K - $84K900.02%
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$64,350$46K - $92K2300.02%
NJNewark - Union (Metro Area)$72,520$44K - $97K2800.03%
NJTrenton - Ewing$52,840$33K - $97K600.03%
NMAlbuquerque$52,560$33K - $95K1600.04%
NMFarmington$43,880$30K - $83K500.10%
NMSanta Fe$52,900$35K - $87K600.10%
NVLas Vegas - Paradise$75,570$39K - $113K1700.02%
NVReno - Sparks$79,160$47K - $109K1200.07%
NYAlbany - Schenectady - Troy$60,260$38K - $90K900.02%
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$37,000$32K - $74K1700.03%
NYNassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)$74,930$52K - $103K3400.03%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$72,480$45K - $105K6300.01%
NYPoughkeepsie - Newburgh - Middletown$50,210$31K - $79K800.03%
NYRochester$60,010$38K - $86K1200.02%
NYSyracuse$45,180$32K - $83K600.02%
OHAkron$54,060$18K - $81K1300.04%
OHCanton - Massillon$44,720$33K - $69K400.03%
OHCincinnati - Middletown$54,590$19K - $74K2300.02%
OHCleveland - Elyria - Mentor$52,930$33K - $75K1800.02%
OHColumbus$59,740$35K - $94K2000.02%
OHDayton$49,910$40K - $74K600.02%
OHToledo$65,350$38K - $89K700.02%
OKOklahoma City$49,540$22K - $90K4600.08%
OKTulsa$56,930$31K - $87K2800.07%
ORBend$59,630$42K - $87K500.09%
ORCorvallis$58,480$42K - $74K300.10%
OREugene - Springfield$65,380$51K - $78K300.03%
ORMedford$47,780$40K - $75K400.05%
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$64,620$50K - $92K3000.03%
ORSalem$68,120$34K - $87K400.03%
PAAllentown - Bethlehem - Easton$63,070$43K - $85K1000.03%
PAHarrisburg - Carlisle$58,190$32K - $80K900.03%
PALancaster$54,640$42K - $72K600.03%
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$55,160$40K - $75K3400.02%
PAPittsburgh$47,220$35K - $77K3700.03%
PAReading$52,910$40K - $81K400.02%
PAScranton - Wilkes - Barre$47,160$40K - $71K600.02%
PAState College$56,850$43K - $78K300.05%
PAYork - Hanover$46,900$36K - $72K700.04%
PRAguadilla - Isabela - San Sebastian$18,800$16K - $37KN/AN/A
PRSan Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo$36,920$25K - $55K1200.02%
RIProvidence - Fall River - Warwick$69,430$44K - $119K900.02%
SCCharleston - North Charleston - Summerville$61,640$37K - $100K1800.06%
SCColumbia$48,630$34K - $75K1900.06%
SCFlorence$46,300$33K - $61K400.05%
SCGreenville - Mauldin - EasleyN/AN/A - N/A1000.03%
SCMyrtle Beach - North Myrtle Beach - Conway$39,140$20K - $74K300.03%
SCSpartanburg$45,740$31K - $84KN/AN/A
SDSioux Falls$54,940$44K - $62K400.03%
TNChattanooga$34,620$25K - $72K800.03%
TNClarksville$43,670$31K - $61K500.06%
TNJohnson City$42,900$26K - $65K300.04%
TNKingsport - Bristol - Bristol$44,440$27K - $69K500.04%
TNKnoxville$39,490$25K - $71K1200.04%
TNMemphis$41,100$21K - $75K900.01%
TNNashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin$46,570$33K - $74K1400.02%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$46,710$32K - $85K3700.05%
TXBeaumont - Port Arthur$53,360$34K - $75K1600.10%
TXCorpus Christi$45,000$28K - $87K800.05%
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$56,810$33K - $85K4000.02%
TXEl Paso$36,140$25K - $72K300.01%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$64,870$36K - $102K1700.02%
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$53,450$29K - $95K2,0200.08%
TXLaredo$49,290$32K - $79K400.05%
TXLongview$48,900$38K - $69K400.04%
TXLubbock$40,530$24K - $72K400.03%
TXMcAllen - Edinburg - Mission$58,890$37K - $86K400.02%
TXMidland$41,080$22K - $79K800.10%
TXSan Antonio - New Braunfels$50,720$27K - $75K2000.02%
TXTyler$32,290$22K - $74KN/AN/A
TXVictoria$44,100$25K - $77K400.09%
UTOgden - Clearfield$53,270$40K - $77K800.04%
UTProvo - Orem$59,410$42K - $88K300.02%
UTSalt Lake City$65,140$45K - $90K1800.03%
VABlacksburg - Christiansburg - Radford$38,090$23K - $86K300.05%
VACharlottesville$53,180$34K - $89K400.04%
VALynchburg$35,750$31K - $50K300.03%
VARichmond$47,920$34K - $66K2800.05%
VARoanoke$35,170$24K - $59K700.04%
VAVirginia Beach - Norfolk - Newport News$62,800$30K - $92K2500.03%
VAWinchester$48,210$35K - $68K500.09%
VTBurlington - South Burlington$42,940$33K - $58KN/AN/A
WABremerton - Silverdale$65,020$50K - $89K600.07%
WAKennewick - Pasco - Richland$66,240$44K - $91K500.06%
WAOlympia$68,430$59K - $103K300.03%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$68,250$37K - $91K3200.02%
WASpokane$70,010$41K - $105K500.02%
WATacoma (Metro Area)$67,830$37K - $97K1000.04%
WIEau Claire$47,950$33K - $72K300.04%
WIGreen Bay$45,580$32K - $67K600.04%
WIMadison$56,160$37K - $73K1000.03%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$58,200$35K - $76K2000.03%
WIOshkosh - Neenah$45,730$33K - $64K400.04%
WVCharleston$50,770$36K - $82K1500.10%
WVHuntington - Ashland$31,240$20K - $45K300.03%