If you’re happy and you know it, you must be a surveyor. It’s hard to imagine the already-high job satisfaction number for surveyors could go up, but it did. It takes a little more digging to see that earning potential is headed in the same direction. Based on the type of firm and the type of work performed, most of the news is good. A stronger economy is starting to deliver some benefits along with the promise of more. Balancing the challenges and opportunities is the order of the day.
POB’s 2017 Salary and Benefits Study was conducted in the early months of 2017 and resulted in a slightly larger response over prior years. While this wasn’t enough to skew results, the base did show some subtle shifts. There was an increase in the number of respondents reporting they work for survey firms (up 9 percent from 2016) and a slight dip in the number who report they work for civil engineering/survey firms (down 2 percent). When combined with “civil engineering” the responses accounted for over three quarters of the firms vs. 69 percent in 2016. Some of this may be the result of fewer responses from public works/DOT, which exhibited an unusual four-year pattern of reaching 12 percent of respondents in 2016 and dropping to 7 percent in 2017; almost exactly matching the two prior years (11 percent in 2014 and 7 percent in 2015).