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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Surveyors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
46,390 2.8 % $ 33.12 $ 68,880 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Surveyors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.96 $ 22.93 $ 29.62 $ 38.27 $ 48.68
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,360 $ 47,690 $ 61,600 $ 79,600 $ 101,240


Industry profile for Surveyors:

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 34,040 2.25 $ 32.65 $ 67,900
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,530 0.05 $ 35.42 $ 73,680
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,500 0.07 $ 42.06 $ 87,480
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 860 0.24 $ 35.21 $ 73,240
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 720 0.05 $ 33.86 $ 70,420

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 34,040 2.25 $ 32.65 $ 67,900
Metal Ore Mining 260 0.64 $ 34.03 $ 70,780
Natural Gas Distribution 390 0.36 $ 37.81 $ 78,650
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 860 0.24 $ 35.21 $ 73,240
Coal Mining 80 0.21 $ 33.20 $ 69,060

Top paying industries for Surveyors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 440 0.02 $ 44.98 $ 93,560
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,500 0.07 $ 42.06 $ 87,480
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 430 0.11 $ 40.60 $ 84,460
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 310 0.03 $ 38.34 $ 79,750
Management of Companies and Enterprises 260 0.01 $ 38.08 $ 79,210


Geographic profile for Surveyors:

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.



Map of employment of surveyors by state, May 2021


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 5,480 0.45 1.36 $ 31.60 $ 65,730
California 3,990 0.24 0.73 $ 47.44 $ 98,670
Florida 3,420 0.40 1.21 $ 29.29 $ 60,910
Colorado 1,750 0.67 2.02 $ 32.78 $ 68,190
Georgia 1,680 0.38 1.17 $ 27.27 $ 56,720


Map of location quotient of surveyors by state, May 2021


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)
West Virginia 610 0.93 2.82 $ 30.89 $ 64,260
Alaska 250 0.83 2.53 $ 44.18 $ 91,900
Montana 330 0.70 2.13 $ 29.79 $ 61,960
Wyoming 180 0.68 2.07 $ 31.09 $ 64,660
Colorado 1,750 0.67 2.02 $ 32.78 $ 68,190


Map of annual mean wages of surveyors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Surveyors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,990 0.24 0.73 $ 47.44 $ 98,670
Alaska 250 0.83 2.53 $ 44.18 $ 91,900
Washington 680 0.21 0.64 $ 42.06 $ 87,490
New York 1,400 0.16 0.49 $ 40.07 $ 83,350
New Jersey 840 0.22 0.66 $ 39.17 $ 81,470



Map of employment of surveyors by area, May 2021


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 1,680 0.58 1.76 $ 32.50 $ 67,600
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,370 0.38 1.16 $ 32.13 $ 66,830
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,300 0.15 0.46 $ 42.96 $ 89,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,250 0.48 1.47 $ 27.01 $ 56,190
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,050 0.36 1.09 $ 33.16 $ 68,960
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,050 0.72 2.18 $ 33.84 $ 70,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 950 0.17 0.50 $ 47.41 $ 98,610
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 910 0.35 1.07 $ 38.77 $ 80,650
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 830 0.34 1.02 $ 30.23 $ 62,880
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 810 0.19 0.58 $ 33.79 $ 70,280


Map of location quotient of surveyors by area, May 2021


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)
Charleston, WV 110 1.15 3.50 $ 28.48 $ 59,240
Yuba City, CA 50 1.11 3.38 (8) (8)
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.05 3.19 $ 41.24 $ 85,780
Midland, TX 100 1.03 3.12 $ 36.15 $ 75,180
Anchorage, AK 170 1.02 3.10 $ 45.04 $ 93,690
Bismarck, ND 70 1.00 3.03 $ 33.47 $ 69,610
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 70 0.91 2.77 $ 23.23 $ 48,310
Tyler, TX 90 0.86 2.62 $ 26.20 $ 54,500
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 70 0.85 2.57 $ 30.55 $ 63,540
Salt Lake City, UT 620 0.83 2.53 $ 33.68 $ 70,040