Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
43,430 2.0 % $31.40 $65,300 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.57 $21.98 $29.40 $38.69 $48.28
Annual Wage (2) $34,470 $45,720 $61,140 $80,480 $100,420


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 31,870 2.25 $30.94 $64,350
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,540 0.05 $32.00 $66,570
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,680 0.08 $37.30 $77,580
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,100 0.33 $31.06 $64,610
Nonresidential Building Construction 650 0.08 $32.05 $66,660

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 31,870 2.25 $30.94 $64,350
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,100 0.33 $31.06 $64,610
Metal Ore Mining 120 0.32 $33.15 $68,960
Coal Mining 150 0.30 $27.45 $57,100
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.26 $36.82 $76,590

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) $43.76 $91,020
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $42.49 $88,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 230 0.04 $37.59 $78,190
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,680 0.08 $37.30 $77,580
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 80 0.26 $36.82 $76,590


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)
California 4,470 0.27 0.88 $43.70 $90,890
Texas 3,680 0.31 1.02 $29.98 $62,370
Florida 3,510 0.42 1.37 $29.32 $60,990
New York 2,100 0.23 0.75 $34.82 $72,420
Pennsylvania 1,510 0.26 0.86 $29.59 $61,550




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 300 0.94 3.08 $39.10 $81,330
Wyoming 230 0.86 2.82 $30.94 $64,350
Montana 360 0.78 2.57 $28.16 $58,570
West Virginia 490 0.71 2.34 $30.61 $63,670
North Dakota 290 0.71 2.32 $34.44 $71,630




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,470 0.27 0.88 $43.70 $90,890
Alaska 300 0.94 3.08 $39.10 $81,330
Washington 970 0.30 1.00 $38.48 $80,040
Nevada 350 0.27 0.88 $36.59 $76,110
Delaware 110 0.25 0.81 $35.15 $73,100



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,510 0.23 0.74 $34.28 $71,300
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,300 0.44 1.45 $32.03 $66,630
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 810 0.56 1.84 $29.65 $61,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 800 0.32 1.05 $32.93 $68,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 660 0.15 0.49 $43.33 $90,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 620 0.17 0.56 $33.52 $69,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 590 0.31 1.01 $33.65 $70,000
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.36 1.17 $43.38 $90,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 560 0.28 0.93 $30.02 $62,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 540 0.21 0.68 $27.55 $57,310


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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)
Grand Junction, CO 80 1.41 4.63 $28.17 $58,590
Bismarck, ND 100 1.35 4.45 $33.77 $70,250
Missoula, MT 80 1.31 4.31 $27.92 $58,080
Yuba City, CA 60 1.29 4.23 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 220 1.25 4.10 $38.61 $80,300
Santa Fe, NM 60 0.90 2.94 $31.88 $66,310
Charleston, WV 100 0.86 2.81 $32.71 $68,040
Billings, MT 70 0.86 2.82 $31.60 $65,720
Bangor, ME 50 0.84 2.76 $28.23 $58,720
Houma-Thibodaux, LA 70 0.83 2.73 $23.24 $48,340


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.38 1.24 $51.87 $107,880
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 370 0.38 1.26 $47.91 $99,650
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.33 1.09 $47.79 $99,390
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.38 1.24 $47.53 $98,860
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 280 0.21 0.70 $47.38 $98,560
Fresno, CA 160 0.43 1.41 $46.06 $95,800
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.25 0.82 $45.89 $95,440
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 380 0.27 0.87 $45.79 $95,240
Redding, CA 40 0.68 2.22 $45.00 $93,600
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 80 0.25 0.81 $43.55 $90,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.45 4.75 $32.07 $66,700
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 160 0.60 1.97 $27.87 $57,960
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 1.91 $22.67 $47,160
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 110 0.38 1.26 $21.23 $44,160
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.48 1.57 $30.60 $63,640

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.48 4.86 $32.70 $68,020
Northern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 210 1.45 4.75 $32.07 $66,700
North Nevada nonmetropolitan area 50 1.29 4.22 $31.15 $64,800
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 1.22 4.01 $33.17 $68,980
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.10 3.61 $30.37 $63,170

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

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 0.69 2.26 $47.96 $99,760
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.30 0.97 $42.03 $87,420
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 30 1.02 3.36 $36.89 $76,720
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.55 $73,940
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 0.83 $35.51 $73,860


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018