Land surveyors help determine property boundaries and provide data relevant to the shape, contour, gravitation, location, elevation or dimensions of land. Land features on or near the earth’s surface are relevant for engineering, mapmaking, mining, land evaluation, construction and other purposes.


A bachelor’s degree is required. You must also retain a license from the state in which you work.

earning potential

  • Average Annual Salary: $53,922
  • Average Hourly Rate: $26/hour


  • Verify the accuracy of survey data including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites
  • Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports and legal descriptions of surveys
  • Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases or other legal documents
  • Develop criteria for survey methods and procedures

This job is right for you if...

  • You have excellent math and analytical skills
  • You enjoy interpreting data
  • You have excellent communication, negotiating and presentation skills


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