By Andrew HarnikSource: Fortune (Photo: Andrew Hern)By Andrew Hrn/Staff PhotographerCivil surveyors are among the best-paid surveyors in the country.
That’s not to say they don’t make some big bucks, though.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, they make about $120,000 a year, and they are also among the top 5% of surveyors nationwide.
The other top surveyors earn about $50,000 to $80,000, and the rest are paid at the state and federal level.
Civil surveyor salaries vary widely.
Some surveyors can make as much as $100,000 annually, while others make as little as $15,000.
Civil surveyors report their compensation to the Department of Labor and receive an annual incentive bonus of $15 per month.
Pay varies depending on how many hours are worked, which job you have, and your location.
The surveyor who is most likely to earn more money is the one who worked most hours during a week, said Scott Siegel, a professor of labor and employment law at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Civil surveys work by placing a call to land-owners or surveyors on behalf of private land owners, Siegel said.
“The surveyors who get paid more tend to do better surveys.”
Civil surveyor compensation ranges from $25,000 for a typical five-day survey to $300,000 in a five-year contract.
Civil surveys are typically the largest source of pay for surveyors.
Civil Surveyors, or CSOs, are typically hired by private land surveyor companies and are paid between $70,000 and $130,000 per year.
CSOs often receive bonus pay, which averages about $25 per month, said Dan Biernat, the owner of a surveyor consulting firm called BierNat, who also works for a private land-owner surveyor company.
Civil engineers are also paid on average between $80 to $130 per year, but they can get much more, Senguen said.
Civil engineers can be the top paid surveyors if they can manage the project at a high level, said Michael Tompkins, a director of the Civil Surveyor Association of America.
“You have to be able to manage it to a high standard, because the project is not going to be finished if you don’t,” Tompkin said.
The average pay for a surveyors job ranges from about $90,000 nationwide to more than $150,000 nationally, according to Bierniat.
A surveyor with the highest annual salary can expect to make $130 to $180,000 depending on the job.
Civil Surveors tend to earn an annual salary that varies depending how many surveyors they have and where they work, according, Biernet.
But they also earn bonuses if they perform well.
For example, a surveyer with a large clientele in the Midwest can expect a bonus of about $100 per month or more.
If they are a member of the National Land Surveyor’s Guild, they can earn an additional $50 per month for each surveyor they recruit, according the association.
Biernat said that while the average salary is high, it is not necessarily the best way to pay civil surveyors because the salaries are tied to the number of surveyers that the surveyors work on a project.
The higher a surveyee’s pay, the higher the incentive they receive.
Civil Surveors have to work well, have the skills and the enthusiasm, Biersnat said.