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Surveying Technology

Job Outlook

Significant Points

  • About 2 out of 3 jobs were in architectural, engineering, and related services.
  • Opportunities will be best for surveyors, cartographers, and photogrammetrists who have a bachelorís degree and strong technical skills.
  • Applicants for jobs as technicians may face competition.

Earnings

Median annual earnings of cartographers and photogrammetrists were $46,080 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $35,160 and $59,830. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,210 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,440.

Median annual earnings of surveyors were $42,980 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $31,940 and $57,190. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,640 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $71,640. Median hourly earnings of surveyors employed in architectural, engineering, and related services were $41,710 in May 2004.

Median annual earnings of surveying and mapping technicians were $30,380 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $23,600 and $40,100. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $19,140, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $51,070. Median annual earnings of surveying and mapping technicians employed in architectural, engineering, and related services were $28,610 in May 2004, while those employed by local governments had median annual earnings of $34,810.

Suggested citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Surveyors, Cartographers, Photogrammetrists, and Surveying Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos040.htm.


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