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 EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 505$25.71/hr$16.28/hr$18.17/hr$22.17/hr$32.53/hr$43.39/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$38.85/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services540$32.42/hr
Public Administration220$27.54/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$34.20/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/A$22.12/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/A$22.16/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/A$23.25/hr21.4%
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$33.41/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$28.40/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 20$30.47/hr13.8%
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$24.13/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 50$22.17/hr6.7%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$34.93/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 60$30.48/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$25.96/hr20.9%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 80$26.36/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 500$34.90/hr12.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 510$34.92/hrN/A
Minnesota 840$32.13/hr14.7%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Forest and Conservation Technicians 570$21.75/hr5.7%
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 620$26.79/hr13.6%
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health 420$25.55/hr17.3%

  • 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.
  • Compute horizontal and vertical coordinates of control networks, using direct leveling or other geodetic survey techniques, such as triangulation, trilateration, and traversing, to establish features of the Earth's surface.