Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
43,140 1.8 % $29.75 $61,880 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.79 $20.86 $27.89 $37.13 $46.06
Annual Wage (2) $32,850 $43,380 $58,020 $77,230 $95,800


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 30,980 2.22 $29.26 $60,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,640 0.05 $30.01 $62,420
State Government (OES Designation) 1,870 0.08 $34.31 $71,370
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,350 0.43 $30.26 $62,940
Nonresidential Building Construction 810 0.11 $30.31 $63,050

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 30,980 2.22 $29.26 $60,870
Coal Mining 340 0.49 $28.15 $58,560
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,350 0.43 $30.26 $62,940
Metal Ore Mining 150 0.34 $31.51 $65,540
Land Subdivision 100 0.24 $30.11 $62,620

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) 400 0.02 $40.62 $84,490
Natural Gas Distribution 120 0.11 $38.57 $80,230
Residential Building Construction 170 0.03 $36.65 $76,240
State Government (OES Designation) 1,870 0.08 $34.31 $71,370
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas (8) (8) $33.94 $70,600


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 4,830 0.42 1.34 $29.83 $62,050
California 4,150 0.27 0.86 $40.13 $83,470
Florida 2,820 0.36 1.14 $29.87 $62,130
Pennsylvania 1,630 0.29 0.91 $29.91 $62,210
New York 1,610 0.18 0.57 $34.61 $71,990



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 430 1.30 4.16 $40.14 $83,490
Wyoming 300 1.07 3.43 $30.04 $62,480
North Dakota 410 0.92 2.94 $30.48 $63,400
West Virginia 500 0.71 2.25 $25.11 $52,220
Montana 310 0.69 2.19 $29.24 $60,810



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $42.45 $88,300
Alaska 430 1.30 4.16 $40.14 $83,490
California 4,150 0.27 0.86 $40.13 $83,470
New York 1,610 0.18 0.57 $34.61 $71,990
New Jersey 1,230 0.31 1.00 $34.57 $71,920




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-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,890 0.65 2.07 $29.88 $62,140
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.22 0.71 $34.51 $71,780
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 710 0.29 0.94 $30.29 $63,010
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 630 0.46 1.47 $25.26 $52,540
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 580 0.24 0.75 $27.64 $57,490
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.38 1.22 $39.56 $82,280
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 560 0.30 0.96 $36.11 $75,100
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 560 0.46 1.48 $37.44 $77,870
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 490 0.21 0.67 $32.25 $67,080
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 490 0.26 0.83 $27.07 $56,300