Spoiler alert: Surveyors reported earning more in the POB Annual Salary and Benefits Study in 2016 than they reported in the 2015 study. A number of factors come into play, so it isn’t a simple case of everyone taking a giant step forward. Still, over half of respondents saw an increase in their annual gross salary.
There are a couple of interesting developments in the demographics of the land surveying and mapping professionals who responded to the 2016 questionnaire. First, the percentage of professionals saying they work for a surveying firm remained virtually the same – 34 percent in 2016 and 35 percent for 2015 and 2014. There was a drop in the number of professionals reporting they worked at firms doing both surveying and civil engineering. That number fell from 34 percent in 2015 to 28 percent in the current survey. One-percent increases in those working for civil engineering firms, consulting, or utilities seems to be more of a statistical margin of error than a trend. But, a five percent increase in those reporting they work for public works or departments of transportation stands out.