Chartered surveyors


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Chartered surveyors conduct surveys related to the measurement, management, valuation and development of land, natural resources, buildings, other types of property, and infrastructure such as harbours, roads and railway lines.


Entrants usually possess an accredited degree, equivalent qualification and/or postgraduate qualification. Entrants must also have successfully completed a probationary training period and professional assessment. Entry requirements to professional bodies vary.

Typical tasks

  • surveys, measures and describes land surfaces to establish property boundaries and to aid with construction or cartographic work;
  • surveys mines, prepares drawings of surfaces, hazards and other features to control the extent and direction of mining;
  • surveys buildings to determine necessary alterations and repairs;
  • measures shore lines, elevations and underwater contours, establishes high and low water marks, plots shore features and defines navigable channels.

Common job titles

Commissioner, land
Officer, land and minerals (coal mine)
Surveyor, mineral
Surveyor, mining
Officer, hydrographic
Surveyor and estimator
Surveyor, colliery
Surveyor, photogrammetric
Surveyor, property
Surveyor, rural
Surveyor, agricultural
Surveyor, group (coal mine)
Estimator and surveyor
Surveyor, photographic
Inspector (local government: surveyor's dept)
Surveyor, river
Assistant, professional (local government: surveyor's dept)
Surveyor, estate
Officer, survey (government)
Surveyor, topographic
Surveyor, planning and development
Surveyor, land
Surveyor, cartographic
Surveyor and water engineer
Surveyor, building
Surveyor, chartered
Surveyor, utilities
Surveyor, hydrographic

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.