Quick Facts: Surveyors
2012 Median Pay $56,230 per year
$27.04 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation Less than 5 years
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 42,400
Job Outlook, 2012-22 10% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 4,400

What Surveyors Do

Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries. They provide data relevant to the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface for engineering, mapmaking, and construction projects.

Work Environment

Surveying involves both field work and indoor work. When working outside, surveyors must stand for long periods and often walk long distances, sometimes in bad weather. Most work full time.

How to Become a Surveyor

Surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must be licensed before they can certify legal documents and provide surveying services to the public.


The median annual wage for surveyors was $56,230 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of surveyors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will result from increased construction related to improving the nation’s infrastructure. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.

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