Occupational Employment Statistics


17-3031 Surveying and Mapping Technicians

Perform surveying and mapping duties, usually under the direction of an engineer, surveyor, cartographer, or photogrammetrist to obtain data used for construction, mapmaking, boundary location, mining, or other purposes. May calculate mapmaking information and create maps from source data, such as surveying notes, aerial photography, satellite data, or other maps to show topographical features, political boundaries, and other features. May verify accuracy and completeness of maps. Excludes “Surveyors" (17-1022), "Cartographers and Photogrammetrists" (17-1021), and "Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers" (19-2042).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 505$30.17/hr$21.43/hr$26.04/hr$29.26/hr$34.74/hr$41.25/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities50$37.31/hr
Professional and Business Services400$24.42/hr
Public Administration150$30.02/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$22.40/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 10$31.37/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$25.90/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 20$28.24/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$24.76/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 30$23.06/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 30$27.14/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 30$28.81/hr13.6%
Southwest Minnesota 30$26.57/hr17.1%
Southeast Minnesota 40$27.63/hr15.2%
Northwest Minnesota 50$29.26/hr10.0%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$24.56/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 70$29.62/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$28.82/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 370$25.28/hr11.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 410$25.77/hrN/A
Minnesota 620$26.79/hr13.6%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Geological and Petroleum Technicians N/A$26.69/hr4.0%
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 200$34.54/hr26.1%
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other 940$22.96/hr7.8%

  • Set out and recover stakes, marks, and other monumentation.
  • Conduct surveys to ascertain the locations of natural features and man-made structures on the Earth's surface, underground, and underwater, using electronic distance-measuring equipment and other surveying instruments.
  • Maintain equipment and vehicles used by surveying crews.
  • Compare survey computations with applicable standards to determine adequacy of data.
  • Search for section corners, property irons, and survey points.
  • Record survey measurements and descriptive data, using notes, drawings, sketches, and inked tracings.
  • Adjust and operate surveying instruments such as prisms, theodolites, and electronic distance-measuring equipment.
  • Collect information needed to carry out new surveys, using source maps, previous survey data, photographs, computer records, and other relevant information.
  • Lay out grids, and determine horizontal and vertical controls.
  • Design or develop information databases that include geographic or topographic data.