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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Surveyors
Industry profile for Surveyors
Geographic profile for Surveyors

National estimates for Surveyors: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Surveyors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
43,710 2.0 % $ 33.78 $ 70,260 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for Surveyors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 18.12 $ 23.68 $ 31.54 $ 42.06 $ 52.41
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,690 $ 49,250 $ 65,590 $ 87,480 $ 109,010


Industry profile for Surveyors: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Surveyors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 32,480 2.16 $ 33.13 $ 68,920
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,600 0.05 $ 34.74 $ 72,250
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,500 0.07 $ 42.62 $ 88,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 980 0.28 $ 33.64 $ 69,960
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 570 0.04 $ 32.48 $ 67,550

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Surveyors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 32,480 2.16 $ 33.13 $ 68,920
Land Subdivision 210 0.59 $ 41.38 $ 86,070
Metal Ore Mining 140 0.35 $ 35.98 $ 74,830
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 420 0.35 $ 35.54 $ 73,930
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 980 0.28 $ 33.64 $ 69,960

Top paying industries for Surveyors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 430 0.02 $ 44.67 $ 92,910
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $ 43.70 $ 90,890
Legal Services (8) (8) $ 43.36 $ 90,180
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,500 0.07 $ 42.62 $ 88,650
Land Subdivision 210 0.59 $ 41.38 $ 86,070


Geographic profile for Surveyors: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Surveyors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 5,000 0.41 1.32 $ 31.85 $ 66,250
California 4,510 0.27 0.87 $ 46.95 $ 97,650
Florida 3,360 0.40 1.27 $ 31.59 $ 65,700
Pennsylvania 1,740 0.32 1.00 $ 28.48 $ 59,230
Colorado 1,530 0.59 1.89 $ 33.13 $ 68,910




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 270 1.04 3.31 $ 31.74 $ 66,030
Alaska 300 1.03 3.27 $ 42.40 $ 88,190
West Virginia 550 0.84 2.68 $ 31.24 $ 64,970
North Dakota 280 0.71 2.26 $ 36.86 $ 76,670
Montana 320 0.70 2.24 $ 31.35 $ 65,200




Top paying states for Surveyors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,510 0.27 0.87 $ 46.95 $ 97,650
New Jersey 1,200 0.32 1.01 $ 42.81 $ 89,040
Alaska 300 1.03 3.27 $ 42.40 $ 88,190
Washington 800 0.25 0.80 $ 42.12 $ 87,620
New Mexico 280 0.36 1.14 $ 41.16 $ 85,610





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Surveyors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,640 0.55 1.75 $ 33.61 $ 69,900
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,620 0.18 0.58 $ 44.44 $ 92,430
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,370 0.45 1.44 $ 31.24 $ 64,970
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,180 0.33 1.05 $ 32.14 $ 66,850
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 990 0.23 0.72 $ 36.25 $ 75,410
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 900 0.62 1.97 $ 34.45 $ 71,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 880 0.15 0.48 $ 51.03 $ 106,150
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 850 0.36 1.16 $ 44.88 $ 93,350
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 770 0.31 0.98 $ 38.12 $ 79,300
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 700 0.33 1.06 $ 30.54 $ 63,520




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Yuba City, CA 70 1.49 4.73 (8) (8)
Lake Charles, LA 150 1.43 4.54 $ 34.43 $ 71,620
Anchorage, AK 220 1.33 4.22 $ 44.73 $ 93,050
State College, PA 80 1.22 3.88 $ 32.65 $ 67,900
Tyler, TX 120 1.20 3.81 $ 26.63 $ 55,390
Casper, WY 40 1.15 3.67 $ 27.70 $ 57,610
Bismarck, ND 70 1.09 3.47 $ 37.44 $ 77,880
Coeur d'Alene, ID 60 1.00 3.18 $ 31.09 $ 64,660
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 70 0.96 3.06 $ 21.60 $ 44,920
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 190 0.89 2.82 $ 27.36 $ 56,920




Top paying metropolitan areas for Surveyors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Redding, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 53.90 $ 112,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 880 0.15 0.48 $ 51.03 $ 106,150
Fresno, CA 180 0.48 1.52 $ 50.54 $ 105,130
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 240 0.22 0.69 $ 48.94 $ 101,800
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 640 0.45 1.45 $ 47.84 $ 99,520
Springfield, IL 30 0.33 1.04 $ 47.43 $ 98,650
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 380 0.39 1.24 $ 47.18 $ 98,130
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 90 0.79 2.51 $ 46.22 $ 96,140
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 410 0.28 0.89 $ 45.39 $ 94,420
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 420 0.21 0.68 $ 45.01 $ 93,630

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Surveyors:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 290 2.17 6.91 $ 33.22 $ 69,090
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 150 1.97 6.26 $ 27.91 $ 58,060
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 1.13 3.60 $ 38.76 $ 80,620
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.45 1.45 $ 26.93 $ 56,010
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.19 3.79 $ 33.30 $ 69,270

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 290 2.17 6.91 $ 33.22 $ 69,090
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 150 1.97 6.26 $ 27.91 $ 58,060
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.33 4.24 $ 31.62 $ 65,780
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 110 1.19 3.79 $ 33.30 $ 69,270
East-Central Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 1.13 3.61 $ 34.24 $ 71,210

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Surveyors:

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 70 0.71 2.26 $ 43.54 $ 90,560
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.64 2.03 $ 39.38 $ 81,910
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 130 1.13 3.60 $ 38.76 $ 80,620
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 90 0.94 2.99 $ 35.63 $ 74,120
Eastern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 1.57 $ 34.74 $ 72,260


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021