Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
51,960 2.7 % $22.73 $47,280 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.04 $15.78 $21.14 $28.04 $35.38
Annual Wage (2) $25,030 $32,820 $43,980 $58,320 $73,580

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Architectural and engineering services 39,880 $22.41 $46,610
Local government (OES designation) 3,420 $23.82 $49,540
State government (OES designation) 1,920 $26.41 $54,930
Highway, street, and bridge construction 1,480 $20.86 $43,400
Nonresidential building construction 710 $24.81 $51,600

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Support activities for water transportation (7) $31.83 $66,200
Federal government (OES designation) 360 $31.67 $65,870
Management of companies and enterprises 190 $29.31 $60,960
Natural gas distribution (7) $29.09 $60,510
Building foundation and exterior contractors 90 $27.27 $56,730

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
Alaska 350 $28.11 $58,460 0.118%
Delaware 360 $18.53 $38,530 0.087%
Wyoming 200 $22.30 $46,390 0.081%
Montana 320 $19.80 $41,180 0.078%
West Virginia 530 $20.77 $43,190 0.076%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
District of Columbia 130 $36.65 $76,230 0.021%
California 4,970 $32.51 $67,630 0.034%
Nevada 840 $28.40 $59,070 0.073%
Alaska 350 $28.11 $58,460 0.118%
Washington 870 $27.51 $57,220 0.033%

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 200 $17.92 $37,280 0.348%
Yuba City, CA MSA 80 $31.06 $64,610 0.201%
Anchorage, AK MSA 210 $28.89 $60,080 0.149%
Lafayette, LA MSA 240 $20.13 $41,860 0.144%
Naples, FL MSA 170 $25.44 $52,920 0.141%

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 60 $41.29 $85,880 0.035%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 70 $38.99 $81,090 0.007%
San Jose, CA PMSA 330 $37.12 $77,210 0.039%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 480 $36.69 $76,310 0.063%
Santa Rosa, CA PMSA 40 $36.63 $76,200 0.021%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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