Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

17-1022 Surveyors

Make exact measurements and determine property boundaries. Provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation, or dimension of land or land features on or near the earth's surface for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction, and other purposes.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,950 1.7 % $27.95 $58,140 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.81 $19.36 $26.39 $34.79 $43.23
Annual Wage (2) $30,800 $40,260 $54,880 $72,360 $89,930


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 33,090 2.59 $27.26 $56,700
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,970 0.05 $29.98 $62,370
State Government (OES Designation) 1,810 0.08 $34.75 $72,270
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,110 0.36 $25.88 $53,830
Nonresidential Building Construction 850 0.13 $28.59 $59,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 33,090 2.59 $27.26 $56,700
Land Subdivision 230 0.45 $27.95 $58,140
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,110 0.36 $25.88 $53,830
Coal Mining 280 0.35 $22.62 $47,050
Metal Ore Mining 110 0.33 $25.85 $53,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 480 0.02 $39.54 $82,230
State Government (OES Designation) 1,810 0.08 $34.75 $72,270
Management of Companies and Enterprises 240 0.01 $34.22 $71,180
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 360 0.04 $31.19 $64,870
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 30 0.12 $30.78 $64,030


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,830 0.35 1.00 $38.20 $79,460
Texas 4,060 0.40 1.17 $25.49 $53,030
Florida 2,080 0.29 0.85 $28.22 $58,700
Virginia 1,890 0.54 1.55 $28.18 $58,620
New York 1,650 0.20 0.57 $28.40 $59,080




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 390 1.28 3.70 $35.23 $73,270
Wyoming 300 1.10 3.19 $25.27 $52,550
Montana 440 1.04 3.00 $26.43 $54,970
North Dakota 280 0.80 2.30 $22.70 $47,220
Vermont 220 0.76 2.20 $21.83 $45,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,830 0.35 1.00 $38.20 $79,460
Alaska 390 1.28 3.70 $35.23 $73,270
Nevada 520 0.47 1.36 $34.48 $71,730
Washington 830 0.31 0.90 $34.10 $70,930
Delaware 110 0.29 0.82 $34.06 $70,850

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,280 0.51 1.48 $26.84 $55,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,260 0.55 1.60 $29.91 $62,220
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 860 0.51 1.48 $25.28 $52,590
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.53 1.54 $37.79 $78,600
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 680 0.14 0.39 $30.79 $64,030
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.18 0.51 $38.89 $80,900
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 650 0.30 0.86 $23.94 $49,800
Denver-Aurora, CO 620 0.52 1.51 $28.01 $58,270
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 610 0.17 0.50 $32.71 $68,030
Baltimore-Towson, MD 470 0.38 1.10 $27.06 $56,280




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Yuba City, CA 80 2.08 6.01 $43.44 $90,360
Anchorage, AK 330 1.98 5.73 $35.80 $74,470
Lafayette, LA 270 1.91 5.52 $24.47 $50,900
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 160 1.58 4.58 $19.83 $41,250
Pascagoula, MS 80 1.50 4.33 $17.85 $37,120
Redding, CA 90 1.49 4.31 $33.91 $70,520
Charleston, WV 210 1.48 4.29 $19.62 $40,810
Corvallis, OR 40 1.11 3.22 $28.62 $59,520
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 170 1.11 3.22 $24.12 $50,170
Billings, MT 80 1.01 2.92 $25.21 $52,440




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.36 1.05 $43.67 $90,830
Yuba City, CA 80 2.08 6.01 $43.44 $90,360
Stockton, CA 80 0.38 1.09 $41.81 $86,960
Reno-Sparks, NV 130 0.67 1.93 $40.03 $83,260
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 440 0.54 1.57 $39.34 $81,830
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 80 0.49 1.41 $39.34 $81,820
Fresno, CA 90 0.30 0.86 $39.01 $81,140
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 30 0.27 0.79 $38.95 $81,010
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 680 0.18 0.51 $38.89 $80,900
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 430 0.38 1.10 $38.88 $80,870

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 200 1.93 5.59 $26.48 $55,070
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.41 4.06 $25.81 $53,680
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.39 1.12 $25.64 $53,320
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.47 1.36 $23.65 $49,200
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 2.03 5.87 $23.93 $49,780

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 2.03 5.87 $23.93 $49,780
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 200 1.93 5.59 $26.48 $55,070
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.67 4.84 $23.25 $48,350
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 160 1.41 4.06 $25.81 $53,680
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 70 1.36 3.94 $25.60 $53,240

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.68 1.96 $42.02 $87,410
Central Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $30.31 $63,050
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 1.17 $30.06 $62,530
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 0.83 $29.88 $62,150
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 0.87 $29.42 $61,200


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011