Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
41,360 1.8 % $28.64 $59,570 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.45 $20.20 $27.21 $35.99 $44.13
Annual Wage (2) $32,130 $42,010 $56,590 $74,860 $91,790


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 29,390 2.20 $28.00 $58,240
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,730 0.05 $29.79 $61,970
State Government (OES Designation) 1,780 0.08 $34.33 $71,410
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,220 0.41 $28.74 $59,780
Nonresidential Building Construction 830 0.13 $27.64 $57,490

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 29,390 2.20 $28.00 $58,240
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,220 0.41 $28.74 $59,780
Land Subdivision 160 0.41 $28.61 $59,500
Coal Mining 320 0.40 $25.85 $53,770
Metal Ore Mining 160 0.36 $27.98 $58,190

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) 420 0.02 $39.51 $82,190
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $37.38 $77,750
Residential Building Construction 250 0.04 $34.93 $72,660
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $34.76 $72,310
State Government (OES Designation) 1,780 0.08 $34.33 $71,410


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 4,970 0.46 1.46 $26.91 $55,970
California 3,890 0.26 0.85 $39.56 $82,290
Florida 2,180 0.29 0.94 $26.62 $55,360
Pennsylvania 1,580 0.28 0.90 $27.37 $56,940
Virginia 1,450 0.40 1.28 $25.55 $53,140




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 410 1.28 4.10 $35.82 $74,510
Wyoming 270 0.96 3.08 $29.65 $61,670
North Dakota 330 0.79 2.52 $25.48 $53,000
Montana 330 0.74 2.37 $27.66 $57,520
Oklahoma 1,100 0.70 2.26 $25.77 $53,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,890 0.26 0.85 $39.56 $82,290
Alaska 410 1.28 4.10 $35.82 $74,510
District of Columbia 150 0.23 0.73 $34.24 $71,220
Rhode Island 80 0.17 0.56 $34.02 $70,770
Nevada 360 0.32 1.01 $33.44 $69,560





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 2,220 0.81 2.58 $26.84 $55,830
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 770 0.33 1.04 $29.08 $60,490
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 750 0.20 0.65 $30.08 $62,570
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 640 0.28 0.90 $24.77 $51,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 640 0.36 1.15 $26.03 $54,140
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 620 0.12 0.38 $35.22 $73,250
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 610 0.34 1.09 $33.65 $69,990
Oklahoma City, OK 580 0.96 3.09 $24.25 $50,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.13 0.43 $39.52 $82,200
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 520 0.36 1.15 $39.30 $81,750




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 420 2.72 8.73 $26.30 $54,710
Tyler, TX 170 1.78 5.72 $22.40 $46,590
Anchorage, AK 270 1.51 4.84 $37.36 $77,710
Hot Springs, AR 40 1.22 3.93 $16.51 $34,330
Alexandria, LA 70 1.15 3.69 $21.24 $44,180
Warner Robins, GA 60 1.10 3.52 $22.28 $46,340
Redding, CA 60 1.07 3.42 $43.71 $90,920
Midland, TX 80 1.01 3.23 $23.58 $49,040
Missoula, MT 60 1.00 3.19 $27.39 $56,980
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO 130 0.98 3.14 $35.85 $74,570