Since our December 2006 website poll revealed that 47 percent of pollers do not outsource their work, the expectation for surveyors’ compensation was that it would be favorable in most circumstances. Our biennial collection of annual salaries, benefits and other job-related compensation reveals that surveyors in both the private and public sectors fare well in the area of compensation compared to previous years. The collection of input from 649 respondents from across the country earlier this year reveals that the median annual gross salary in 2006 was $62,000.
Other notable points from our biennial survey:ï· Sixty-nine (69)% of respondents are employed in the private sector; 30 percent in the public sector.
ï· Similar to 2005, the highest percentage (35) of respondents serve a total population of one million or more.
ï· Fourty-two (42)% of respondents work for firms offering both surveying and civil engineering services, followed by 26% who perform strictly surveying services.
ï· The number of employees in our respondents’ firms is two to nine, followed by 500 or more: surveyors are working in the traditional smaller firms or very large firms.
ï· Seventy-two (72)% of respondents currently hold registration/licensure; the largest percentage (45%) achieved licensure more than 15 years ago.
ï· The greatest jump in income after achieving licensure compared to our 2005 survey was in the 50-69% range.
ï· Private sector sole proprietors average $57,000 annually.
ï· The median age of our respondent is 49 years old.
ï· In nearly every category, the western region fared better in annual income by several thousand dollars.
Your Participation is ImportantPOB’s biennial survey is the only one, save the statistics published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that offers details on surveying positions across the country as well as benefits received and education attained. Many firms use our survey to plan their payroll specifics, and surveyors themselves use it to gauge their standing in the profession or to help with new job prospects.
However, our survey results can only improve with more participation. Please complete our questionnaire if you receive it in 2009. The more responses we receive, the better the published results represent the profession. If you’d like to see results on a particular question regarding salary or benefits, send an E-mail to:email@example.com.