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Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 6010$38.41/hr$23.74/hr$30.44/hr$38.09/hr$44.96/hr$52.68/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services520$36.71/hr
Public Administration160$41.34/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 10$35.06/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 20$37.90/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$37.12/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 20$32.79/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 20$38.12/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$30.44/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$32.53/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$36.71/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$36.12/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 40$32.79/hr7.7%
Northeast Minnesota 50$36.13/hr4.7%
Central Minnesota 60$38.09/hr1.1%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 80$32.79/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 110$29.81/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 120$30.56/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 380$38.66/hr5.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 410$38.70/hrN/A
Minnesota 730$36.71/hr4.9%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 820$26.24/hr1.4%
Geological Technicians, Except Hydrologic Technicians 220$24.76/hrN/A
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 220$36.93/hr7.8%

  • Prepare or supervise preparation of all data, charts, plots, maps, records, and documents related to surveys.
  • Direct or conduct surveys to establish legal boundaries for properties, based on legal deeds and titles.
  • Prepare and maintain sketches, maps, reports, and legal descriptions of surveys to describe, certify, and assume liability for work performed.
  • Write descriptions of property boundary surveys for use in deeds, leases, or other legal documents.
  • Search legal records, survey records, and land titles to obtain information about property boundaries in areas to be surveyed.
  • Verify the accuracy of survey data, including measurements and calculations conducted at survey sites.
  • Compute geodetic measurements and interpret survey data to determine positions, shapes, and elevations of geomorphic and topographic features.
  • Verify the mathematical correctness of newly collected survey data.
  • Coordinate findings with the work of engineering and architectural personnel, clients, and others concerned with projects.
  • Analyze control or survey data to ensure adherence to project specifications or land survey standards.