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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
45,220 1.9 % $32.66 $67,920 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.36 $22.96 $30.49 $40.44 $50.41
Annual Wage (2) $36,110 $47,750 $63,420 $84,120 $104,850


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 33,070 2.21 $31.99 $66,540
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,550 0.05 $33.63 $69,940
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,610 0.07 $39.64 $82,450
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 960 0.27 $32.59 $67,790
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 620 0.04 $32.56 $67,730

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 33,070 2.21 $31.99 $66,540
Land Subdivision 200 0.53 $37.10 $77,170
Coal Mining 170 0.33 $28.71 $59,730
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 400 0.32 $35.56 $73,950
Metal Ore Mining 130 0.32 $34.75 $72,290

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) $45.10 $93,810
Legal Services (8) (8) $42.77 $88,970
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 430 0.02 $42.73 $88,880
Oil and Gas Extraction (8) (8) $41.49 $86,300
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,610 0.07 $39.64 $82,450


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 4,480 0.36 1.17 $31.86 $66,270
California 4,260 0.25 0.80 $44.75 $93,090
Florida 3,460 0.39 1.28 $28.83 $59,960
Pennsylvania 1,620 0.27 0.89 $29.49 $61,330
New York 1,610 0.17 0.55 $39.93 $83,050




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 1.08 3.49 $41.85 $87,050
Wyoming 280 1.03 3.36 $31.89 $66,330
West Virginia 680 0.97 3.17 $30.60 $63,640
Montana 370 0.80 2.60 $30.72 $63,900
North Dakota 300 0.71 2.30 $36.25 $75,390




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 $44.75 $93,090
Washington 910 0.27 0.89 $41.90 $87,150
Alaska 340 1.08 3.49 $41.85 $87,050
Nevada 450 0.32 1.05 $40.01 $83,220
New York 1,610 0.17 0.55 $39.93 $83,050





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 2,050 0.21 0.69 $40.85 $84,970
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,460 0.48 1.55 $35.16 $73,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,220 0.38 1.25 $31.49 $65,500
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,070 0.23 0.75 $35.64 $74,120
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 940 0.26 0.84 $31.90 $66,350
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 940 0.62 2.02 $33.19 $69,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 900 0.14 0.47 $49.03 $101,990
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 860 0.32 1.05 $31.09 $64,660
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 830 0.39 1.27 $29.90 $62,200
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 810 0.29 0.94 $34.33 $71,400