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Working As A Marine Surveyor

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Marine Surveyor Do

Surveyors make precise measurements to determine property boundaries. They provide data relevant to the shape and contour of the Earth’s surface for engineering, mapmaking, and construction projects.

Duties

Surveyors typically do the following:

  • Measure distances and angles between points on, above, and below the Earth’s surface
  • Travel to locations and use known reference points to determine the exact location of important features
  • Research land records, survey records, and land titles
  • Look for evidence of previous boundaries to determine where boundary lines are located
  • Record the results of surveying and verify the accuracy of data
  • Prepare plots, maps, and reports
  • Present findings to clients and government agencies
  • Establish official land and water boundaries for deeds, leases, and other legal documents and testify in court regarding survey work

Surveyors provide documentation of legal property lines and help determine the exact locations of real estate and construction projects. For example, when a house or commercial building is bought or sold, it may need to be surveyed to prevent boundary disputes. During construction, surveyors determine the precise location of roads or buildings and proper depths for building foundations. The survey also shows changes to the property line and indicates potential restrictions on the property, such as what can be built on it and how large the structure can be.

When taking measurements in the field, surveyors make use of the Global Positioning System (GPS), a system of satellites that locates reference points with a high degree of precision. Surveyors use handheld GPS units and robotic total stations to collect relevant information about the terrain they are surveying. (Robotic total stations use laser systems and GPS to automatically calculate distances between boundaries and geological features of the survey area.) Data is then loaded into a computer, where surveyors interpret and verify the results.

Surveyors also use Geographic Information Systems (GIS)—technology that allows surveyors to present spatial information visually as maps, reports, and charts. For example, a surveyor can overlay aerial or satellite images with GIS data, such as tree density in a given region, and create digital maps. They then use the results to advise governments and businesses on where to plan homes, roads, and landfills.

Although advances in surveying technology now allow many jobs to be performed by just one surveyor, they also may work with the help of a crew. The crew may consist of a licensed surveyor and trained survey technicians. The person in charge of the crew, known as the party chief, may be either a surveyor or a senior surveying technician. The party chief leads day-to-day work activities.

Surveyors may be involved in settling boundary disputes. When property is sold or new construction takes place, such as the building of a fence, issues may arise because of outdated records or the misinterpretation of available records. A surveyor can be called in to settle the dispute, and may provide testimony in court if the involved parties do not come to an agreement.

Surveyors also work with civil engineers, landscape architects, and urban and regional planners to develop comprehensive design documents.

Some surveyors work in specialty fields to survey particular characteristics of the Earth.

The following are two types of surveyors:

Geodetic surveyors use high-accuracy technology, including aerial and satellite observations, to measure large areas of the Earth’s surface.

Marine or hydrographic surveyors survey harbors, rivers, and other bodies of water to determine shorelines, the topography of the floor, water depth, and other features.

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How To Become A Marine Surveyor

Surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree. They must be licensed before they can certify legal documents and provide surveying services to the public.

Education

Surveyors typically need a bachelor’s degree because they work with sophisticated technology and math. Some colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degree programs specifically designed to prepare students to become licensed surveyors. A bachelor’s degree in a closely related field, such as civil engineering or forestry, is sometimes acceptable as well.

Many states require individuals who want to become licensed surveyors to have a bachelor’s degree from a school accredited by ABET and approximately 4 years of work experience under a licensed surveyor. In other states, an associate’s degree in surveying, coupled with more years of work experience under a licensed surveyor, may be sufficient. Most states also have continuing education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Candidates with significant work experience as a survey technician can become licensed surveyors. To receive credit for this experience, candidates must work under a licensed surveyor. Many surveying technicians become licensed surveyors after working for as many as 10 years in the field of surveying. The amount of work experience required varies by state.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All 50 states and the District of Columbia require surveyors to be licensed before they can certify legal documents that show property lines or determine proper markings on construction projects. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree must usually work for several years under the direction of a licensed surveyor in order to qualify for licensure.

Although the process of obtaining a license varies by state, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying has a generalized process of four steps:

      • Complete the level of education required in your state
      • Pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam
      • Gain sufficient work experience under a licensed surveyor
      • Pass the Principles and Practice of Surveying (PS) exam
Important Qualities

Communication skills. Surveyors must provide clear instructions to team members, clients, and government officials. They also must be able to receive instructions from architects and construction managers, and explain the job’s progress to developers, lawyers, financiers, and government authorities.

Detail oriented. Surveyors must work with precision and accuracy because they produce legally binding documents.

Physical stamina. Surveyors traditionally work outdoors, often in rugged terrain. They must be able to walk long distances for long periods.

Problem-solving skills. Surveyors must figure out discrepancies between documents showing property lines and current conditions on the land. If there were changes in previous years, they must discover the reason behind them and reestablish property lines.

Time-management skills. Surveyors must be able to effectively plan their time and their team members’ time on the job. This is critical when pressing deadlines exist or while working outside during winter months when daylight hours are short.

Visualization skills. Surveyors must be able to envision new buildings and altered terrain.

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Average Yearly Salary
$80,000
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$37,000
Min 10%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$80,000
Median 50%
$172,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
American Bureau of Shipping
Highest Paying City
Lafayette, LA
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Marine Surveyor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Marine Surveyor in the United States is $80,280 per year or $39 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $37,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $172,000.

Real Marine Surveyor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
DP Marine Surveyor GL Noble Denton, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $150,000
Supervising Marine Survey Specialist Intecsea, Inc. Houston, TX Mar 04, 2012 $125,008
DP Marine Surveyor GL Noble Denton, Inc. Houma, LA Sep 13, 2012 $125,000
Marine Surveyor GL Noble Denton, Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2010 $121,200
Marine Surveyor/Engineer DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Katy, TX Aug 04, 2016 $96,928 -
$116,002
Marine Surveyor Eagle Maritime Consultants, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2011 $96,000
Chief Marine/Hydrographic Surveyor Fairfield Inductries Inc. Sugar Land, TX May 01, 2012 $91,836
Marine Surveyor American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Harahan, LA Aug 03, 2009 $88,710
Senior Marine Surveyor/Engineer DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Metairie, LA Oct 03, 2016 $86,694
Marine Surveyor/Engineer DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Metairie, LA Aug 29, 2015 $84,996 -
$86,232
Marine Surveyor/Engineer DET Norske Veritas Classification (Americas), Inc. Long Beach, CA Sep 24, 2010 $83,220 -
$109,320
Marine Surveyor II American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Newport News, VA Jun 12, 2012 $82,999
Marine Surveyor Bureau Veritas Marine Inc. Everglades, FL May 29, 2015 $82,000
Marine Surveyor K.P. Fitter & Associates, Inc. Long Beach, CA Oct 01, 2012 $80,008
Marine Surveyor Petromar International, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 18, 2013 $79,100
Marine Surveyor II American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Harahan, LA Aug 02, 2010 $79,000
Marine Surveyor/Engineer DET Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. Katy, TX Nov 08, 2016 $77,900 -
$127,900
Marine Surveyor Ace Marine Services USA, LLC Long Beach, CA Aug 16, 2016 $75,000
Marine Surveyor Bureau Veritas Marine Inc. Everglades, FL May 29, 2012 $75,000
Marine Surveyor II American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Houston, TX Jun 01, 2010 $58,750 -
$89,637
Marine Surveyor American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Morgan City, LA Jun 09, 2010 $58,749 -
$89,637
Marine Surveyor American Bureau of Shipping (Abs) Brownsville, TX Oct 01, 2009 $58,510 -
$89,637
Marine Surveyors Amspec Services, LLC. Saint Rose, LA Nov 01, 2013 $58,170
Marine Surveyor SGS North America, Inc. Saint Rose, LA Sep 04, 2014 $56,472 -
$75,000
Marine Surveyor SGS North America, Inc. Newport News, VA Sep 18, 2014 $56,472 -
$75,000
Marine Surveyor National Marine Consultants, Inc. Berlin, NJ Oct 01, 2010 $55,000

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Top Skills for A Marine Surveyor

  1. Vessel Condition
  2. Bulk Cargo
  3. Machinery Surveys
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Check vessel conditions to ensure vessel is capable of performing selected tasks assigned.2.
  • Conducted draft displacement surveys to analyze and determine how much bulk cargo was loaded and/or discharged onto barges and/or ships.
  • Executed structural and machinery surveys of industrial facilities as per required codes & standards.
  • Conducted over 100 damage surveys of commercial and recreational vessels for national and international insurance carriers, annually.
  • Prepared computer generated reports for insurance companies.

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Top 10 Best States for Marine Surveyors

  1. North Dakota
  2. Wyoming
  3. Utah
  4. Colorado
  5. Arkansas
  6. Nebraska
  7. South Dakota
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Maine
  10. Louisiana
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Marine Surveyor Demographics

Gender

Male

82.0%

Female

11.3%

Unknown

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

53.5%

Hispanic or Latino

17.4%

Black or African American

16.0%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

38.9%

Arabic

11.1%

Portuguese

5.6%

Telugu

5.6%

Norwegian

5.6%

German

5.6%

French

5.6%

Malayalam

5.6%

Bengali

5.6%

Russian

5.6%

Hindi

5.6%
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Marine Surveyor Education

Schools

Texas A&M University

11.4%

The Academy

8.6%

State University of New York Maritime College

8.6%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

7.1%

University of Houston

7.1%

United States Merchant Marine Academy

7.1%

Lamar University

5.7%

University of New Orleans

5.7%

American University

4.3%

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

4.3%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

4.3%

University of Connecticut

2.9%

Northwest Missouri State University

2.9%

Louisiana Tech University

2.9%

Alvin Community College

2.9%

William Jewell College

2.9%

Savannah Technical College

2.9%

Texas Tech University

2.9%

Galveston College

2.9%

Tulane University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

16.7%

Surveying, Mapping, And Hydraulic Technologies

12.5%

Engineering

10.4%

Marine Engineering

8.3%

Maritime Studies

4.9%

Marine Transportation

4.2%

History

4.2%

Mechanical Engineering

3.5%

Finance

3.5%

Criminal Justice

3.5%

Civil Engineering

3.5%

Management

2.8%

Liberal Arts

2.8%

Accounting

2.8%

Environmental Science

2.8%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.8%

Supply Chain Management

2.8%

General Studies

2.8%

Education

2.8%

Political Science

2.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.3%

Other

30.8%

Masters

13.4%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.6%

License

0.4%
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