Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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
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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)
51,490 2.4 % $21.06 $43,810 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.97 $14.43 $19.64 $26.45 $33.41
Annual Wage (2) $22,820 $30,010 $40,860 $55,030 $69,500

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Architectural and engineering services 39,870 $20.38 $42,380 1 17
Local government (OES designation) 3,270 $23.12 $48,090 2 12
State government (OES designation) 1,900 $26.71 $55,550 3 3
Highway, street, and bridge construction 1,120 $20.24 $42,100 4 18
Nonresidential building construction 580 $22.64 $47,090 5 13

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 380 $29.67 $61,710 8 1
Oil and gas extraction 170 $29.24 $60,820 17 2
State government (OES designation) 1,900 $26.71 $55,550 3 3
Natural gas distribution (6) $26.27 $54,640 (6) 4
Building foundation and exterior contractors 70 $25.52 $53,070 20 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 440 $27.91 $58,060 0.151% 96
Delaware 530 $17.17 $35,700 0.132% 251
Wyoming 230 $22.75 $47,310 0.095% 94
Montana 300 $18.03 $37,490 0.076% 195
West Virginia 510 $18.42 $38,320 0.075% 211

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
California 5,180 $29.61 $61,590 0.036% 165
Alaska 440 $27.91 $58,060 0.151% 96
Oregon 450 $26.04 $54,160 0.029% 111
New Jersey 1,160 $25.66 $53,370 0.030% 205
Washington 910 $25.65 $53,360 0.036% 177

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Dover, DE MSA 170 $17.39 $36,170 0.321%
Yuba City, CA MSA 100 $34.26 $71,270 0.266%
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX MSA 310 $14.44 $30,030 0.203%
Anchorage, AK MSA 260 $27.01 $56,180 0.189%
Naples, FL MSA 170 $28.19 $58,630 0.150%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Lompoc, CA MSA 70 $40.04 $83,270 0.041%
Yolo, CA PMSA 50 $34.85 $72,490 0.057%
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 60 $34.55 $71,860 0.032%
Yuba City, CA MSA 100 $34.26 $71,270 0.266%
Gainesville, FL MSA 50 $33.48 $69,640 0.052%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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