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 Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Southeast Minnesota 301$30.73/hr$20.48/hr$26.17/hr$31.44/hr$36.29/hr$39.24/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities70$37.77/hr
Professional and Business Services450$26.56/hr
Public Administration160$29.88/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 10$28.13/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$25.63/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 30$31.44/hr15.2%
St Cloud MN MSA 30$26.66/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 30$27.50/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 50$23.52/hr13.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 50$21.32/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 50$25.76/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 70$33.52/hr17.1%
Central Minnesota 80$29.00/hr35.9%
Northwest Minnesota 110$28.92/hr10.0%
Northwest Balance of State 130$29.06/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 390$27.79/hr11.4%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 470$29.20/hrN/A
Minnesota 750$28.80/hr13.6%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists 430$32.36/hr26.1%
Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other 630$24.67/hr7.8%
Traffic Technicians 30$32.14/hrN/A

  • 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.