Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
40,190 1.8 % $28.45 $59,180 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.48 $20.09 $27.04 $35.48 $43.71
Annual Wage (2) $32,190 $41,780 $56,230 $73,800 $90,920


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 28,680 2.21 $27.69 $57,600
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,640 0.05 $30.33 $63,100
State Government (OES Designation) 1,790 0.08 $34.02 $70,760
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,180 0.39 $28.42 $59,120
Nonresidential Building Construction 770 0.12 $27.24 $56,660

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 28,680 2.21 $27.69 $57,600
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,180 0.39 $28.42 $59,120
Coal Mining 330 0.37 $24.33 $50,610
Land Subdivision 140 0.34 $28.74 $59,790
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 320 0.32 $29.66 $61,700

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) 460 0.02 $39.75 $82,680
Support Activities for Water Transportation 30 0.03 $38.68 $80,450
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 80 0.02 $35.91 $74,700
Activities Related to Real Estate (8) (8) $34.14 $71,000
State Government (OES Designation) 1,790 0.08 $34.02 $70,760


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)
Texas 4,440 0.42 1.36 $26.96 $56,080
California 3,850 0.27 0.87 $40.05 $83,300
Florida 1,940 0.27 0.87 $26.91 $55,980
Pennsylvania 1,530 0.27 0.89 $26.01 $54,100
New York 1,510 0.18 0.57 $31.65 $65,830




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 350 1.10 3.56 $34.67 $72,120
Wyoming 240 0.87 2.81 $28.64 $59,570
Montana 380 0.87 2.83 $26.94 $56,030
North Dakota 280 0.69 2.24 $23.52 $48,930
Louisiana 1,240 0.67 2.16 $25.14 $52,300




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,850 0.27 0.87 $40.05 $83,300
Delaware 110 0.28 0.91 $35.50 $73,840
Nevada 370 0.33 1.06 $34.92 $72,620
Alaska 350 1.10 3.56 $34.67 $72,120
Connecticut 410 0.26 0.83 $34.45 $71,660





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 2,020 0.77 2.48 $28.01 $58,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 670 0.29 0.93 $28.89 $60,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 670 0.29 0.95 $24.41 $50,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 630 0.12 0.40 $35.15 $73,110
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 630 0.17 0.56 $31.14 $64,780
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 610 0.35 1.14 $26.81 $55,760
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 560 0.40 1.28 $40.94 $85,160
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.13 0.43 $40.63 $84,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 470 0.27 0.88 $30.61 $63,670
Oklahoma City, OK 460 0.78 2.53 $24.70 $51,380




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)
Lafayette, LA 360 2.39 7.76 $26.04 $54,160
Anchorage, AK 230 1.34 4.36 $36.52 $75,950
Redding, CA 70 1.21 3.93 $42.82 $89,070
Santa Fe, NM 60 1.04 3.37 $26.74 $55,610
Grand Junction, CO 60 1.03 3.33 $25.65 $53,340
Corvallis, OR 30 1.01 3.28 $27.79 $57,810
Charleston, WV 150 1.01 3.28 $26.11 $54,310
Midland, TX 80 0.99 3.21 $22.53 $46,870
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 160 0.99 3.22 $27.49 $57,170
Alexandria, LA 60 0.99 3.22 $21.12 $43,930