Salary for Surveying Technicians

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This occupation has now been updated to Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Also known as:  Cartographic Aide, Cartographic Technician, Field Map Technician, Geophysical Prospecting Surveying Technician, GIS Mapping Technician, Mapping Technician, Mineral Surveying Technician, Surveying Technician, Topography Technician helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Surveying technicians must be familiar with the operation and calibration of a wide range of surveying tools, including prisms, theodolites, and distance meters. These professionals conduct surveys to determine the location of man-made and natural features on the surface of the Earth, and to adjust for the curvature of the Earth's surface. Additionally, these professionals may supervise and direct more junior members in survey parties. A high school diploma or equivalent is required for this occupation.

A Surveying Technician will usually earn a compensation of around $29,110 to $77,480 depending on the level of education. will most likely receive an average wage of fourty-nine thousand seven hundred and seventy dollars each year.

can get the best compensation in California, where they can get compensation, on average, of close to $72,860. They have the best average pay in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they earn an average pay rate of $65,390.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.26 percent nationwide in that time.


Surveying Technicians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Transportation and Warehousing
Educational Services
Public Administration

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Retail Trade
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Other Services (except Public Administration)