Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
43,340 1.8 % $30.52 $63,480 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.17 $21.32 $28.56 $37.89 $47.29
Annual Wage (2) $33,630 $44,350 $59,390 $78,800 $98,360


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 31,650 2.26 $30.09 $62,590
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,640 0.05 $31.01 $64,510
State Government (OES Designation) 1,750 0.08 $35.54 $73,920
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,250 0.38 $30.70 $63,860
Nonresidential Building Construction 670 0.09 $31.31 $65,130

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 31,650 2.26 $30.09 $62,590
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,250 0.38 $30.70 $63,860
Coal Mining 180 0.34 $29.11 $60,550
Metal Ore Mining 120 0.31 $31.75 $66,050
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 260 0.23 $32.15 $66,870

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) $42.28 $87,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $41.46 $86,230
Scientific Research and Development Services 40 0.01 $37.29 $77,560
State Government (OES Designation) 1,750 0.08 $35.54 $73,920
Residential Building Construction 130 0.02 $35.19 $73,190


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 4,250 0.36 1.17 $29.97 $62,330
California 4,220 0.26 0.86 $41.43 $86,180
Florida 3,320 0.40 1.31 $30.07 $62,540
New York 1,670 0.18 0.60 $35.46 $73,760
Pennsylvania 1,580 0.27 0.89 $29.18 $60,700




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 310 0.97 3.14 $37.86 $78,750
Wyoming 260 0.93 3.03 $29.58 $61,520
North Dakota 370 0.88 2.84 $31.84 $66,220
Montana 330 0.73 2.36 $29.10 $60,530
West Virginia 460 0.66 2.15 $27.98 $58,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 4,220 0.26 0.86 $41.43 $86,180
Alaska 310 0.97 3.14 $37.86 $78,750
Washington 850 0.28 0.89 $36.51 $75,940
New York 1,670 0.18 0.60 $35.46 $73,760
New Jersey 1,260 0.32 1.03 $34.21 $71,160





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)
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,550 0.53 1.71 $31.63 $65,780
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,410 0.21 0.69 $35.49 $73,820
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 790 0.32 1.03 $32.40 $67,400
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 710 0.50 1.62 $30.55 $63,550
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 640 0.25 0.82 $27.47 $57,130
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 600 0.38 1.24 $41.76 $86,860
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 540 0.43 1.39 $35.57 $73,990
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 530 0.28 0.90 $33.53 $69,750
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 530 0.29 0.94 $32.95 $68,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.12 0.39 $41.46 $86,230