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
Southeast Minnesota 3011$30.18/hr$16.32/hr$18.44/hr$28.35/hr$40.11/hr$45.04/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/A$37.88/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services620$34.08/hr
Public Administration210$31.64/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southwest Minnesota N/A$9.97/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$24.26/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/A$33.42/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$30.58/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 10$30.25/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$29.11/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$28.35/hr13.8%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 40$30.89/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$25.84/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$33.13/hr27.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 70$28.66/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 80$28.64/hr20.9%
Northwest Minnesota 150$23.00/hr6.7%
Northwest Balance of State 160$22.95/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 510$36.98/hr12.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 560$36.31/hrN/A
Minnesota 900$33.92/hr14.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Surveying and Mapping Technicians 750$28.80/hr13.6%
Construction and Building Inspectors 1,310$35.55/hr10.0%
Foresters 330$30.99/hr5.6%

  • 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.