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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
45,310 1.9 % $31.94 $66,440 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.90 $22.40 $30.09 $39.49 $49.15
Annual Wage (2) $35,160 $46,590 $62,580 $82,140 $102,220


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 33,050 2.28 $31.37 $65,240
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,660 0.05 $32.72 $68,060
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,560 0.07 $38.70 $80,500
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,050 0.31 $31.49 $65,510
Nonresidential Building Construction 680 0.08 $33.15 $68,940

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 33,050 2.28 $31.37 $65,240
Land Subdivision 210 0.54 $32.61 $67,820
Coal Mining 180 0.36 $27.80 $57,830
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 370 0.32 $33.62 $69,930
Metal Ore Mining 130 0.32 $33.22 $69,100

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution (8) (8) $44.20 $91,940
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 420 0.02 $42.95 $89,330
Oil and Gas Extraction 170 0.12 $41.84 $87,020
Legal Services (8) (8) $41.77 $86,890
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,560 0.07 $38.70 $80,500


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 4,390 0.36 1.16 $28.84 $59,980
California 4,260 0.25 0.80 $43.75 $91,010
Florida 3,640 0.42 1.35 $27.85 $57,930
New York 1,800 0.19 0.61 $37.34 $77,660
Pennsylvania 1,590 0.27 0.87 $30.00 $62,400




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 340 1.09 3.48 $38.43 $79,940
West Virginia 620 0.89 2.85 $31.61 $65,750
Wyoming 230 0.87 2.77 $31.81 $66,160
North Dakota 360 0.86 2.74 $36.23 $75,360
Montana 370 0.80 2.54 $30.30 $63,020




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,260 0.25 0.80 $43.75 $91,010
Washington 960 0.29 0.94 $41.28 $85,860
Nevada 430 0.32 1.02 $38.71 $80,520
Alaska 340 1.09 3.48 $38.43 $79,940
New York 1,800 0.19 0.61 $37.34 $77,660





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)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,000 0.21 0.67 $37.88 $78,790
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,430 0.48 1.53 $30.28 $62,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,220 0.39 1.24 $34.00 $70,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,050 0.17 0.55 $44.90 $93,400
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,020 0.22 0.70 $35.19 $73,190
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 970 0.37 1.20 $29.95 $62,290
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 950 0.34 1.10 $32.44 $67,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 940 0.26 0.84 $28.15 $58,560
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 930 0.63 2.00 $32.94 $68,520
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 710 0.35 1.11 $29.48 $61,330