Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
41,970 1.7 % $29.00 $60,310 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.74 $20.51 $27.43 $36.50 $44.89
Annual Wage (2) $32,740 $42,670 $57,050 $75,920 $93,370


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 30,450 2.23 $28.36 $59,000
Local Government (OES Designation) 2,690 0.05 $29.78 $61,940
State Government (OES Designation) 1,620 0.07 $35.37 $73,570
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,210 0.40 $28.96 $60,230
Nonresidential Building Construction 830 0.12 $28.30 $58,870

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 30,450 2.23 $28.36 $59,000
Coal Mining 360 0.48 $27.16 $56,480
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 1,210 0.40 $28.96 $60,230
Metal Ore Mining 160 0.36 $29.09 $60,500
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 280 0.27 $31.95 $66,450

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Support Activities for Water Transportation (8) (8) $42.32 $88,030
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 410 0.02 $39.66 $82,490
State Government (OES Designation) 1,620 0.07 $35.37 $73,570
Support Activities for Mining 420 0.10 $33.77 $70,230
Residential Building Construction 160 0.02 $33.47 $69,620


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 5,360 0.48 1.54 $27.94 $58,120
California 3,880 0.26 0.83 $39.08 $81,290
Florida 2,430 0.32 1.02 $26.53 $55,180
Pennsylvania 1,610 0.28 0.91 $28.44 $59,160
Virginia 1,410 0.39 1.24 $27.02 $56,210



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 380 1.17 3.77 $37.64 $78,290
Wyoming 270 0.94 3.04 $30.08 $62,570
North Dakota 400 0.91 2.94 $27.15 $56,460
Montana 360 0.81 2.62 $28.15 $58,550
Louisiana 1,300 0.68 2.19 $27.30 $56,790



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,880 0.26 0.83 $39.08 $81,290
Alaska 380 1.17 3.77 $37.64 $78,290
Rhode Island 90 0.20 0.63 $34.21 $71,160
Washington 850 0.29 0.94 $34.11 $70,960
Minnesota 730 0.27 0.86 $33.90 $70,520




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-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 2,290 0.80 2.59 $28.06 $58,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 720 0.13 0.43 $34.84 $72,460
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 670 0.28 0.91 $30.72 $63,890
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 570 0.24 0.77 $25.47 $52,970
Pittsburgh, PA 560 0.50 1.61 $26.89 $55,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 550 0.14 0.44 $41.02 $85,320
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 550 0.15 0.47 $30.20 $62,820
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 540 0.41 1.31 $26.35 $54,810
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 520 0.29 0.92 $26.52 $55,160
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 510 0.35 1.12 $38.20 $79,460



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)
Lafayette, LA 370 2.37 7.64 $26.21 $54,530
Grand Junction, CO 110 1.86 5.97 $29.54 $61,450
Yuba City, CA 60 1.49 4.81 (8) (8)
Anchorage, AK 240 1.38 4.44 $40.07 $83,340
Midland, TX 120 1.32 4.25 $29.70 $61,770
Wichita Falls, TX 70 1.30 4.17 $20.50 $42,640
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.21 3.90 $33.22 $69,100
Alexandria, LA 70 1.18 3.79 $20.59 $42,830
Farmington, NM 50 1.06 3.42 $25.61 $53,270
Missoula, MT 60 1.03 3.31 $25.72 $53,490