How much does a land surveyor cost?

Average cost in 20149: $495 See National


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The average cost for a land surveyor is $495. You are likely to spend between $310 and $785 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Land surveying is a means of measuring land and is commonly used in new construction planning, new fence planning, boundary or title disputes, for insurance requirements or when subdividing land into plots. People commonly ask land surveyors to help mark property corners and boundary lines, set landmarks, and provide surveying maps and CAD drawings. Land to be surveyed can be any size, from under 5,000 square feet to five acres and beyond. A property’s zoning type may be residential, commercial, industrial or agricultural and can be set in an urban, rural or suburban area. Many factors affect the cost of land surveying such as topographic considerations, property title, previous surveys, jurisdiction, surveying methods used, vegetation and more.

Per foot

Large boundary surveying jobs (five acres and larger) are often quoted by foot. The price per foot varies greatly, depending on terrain, vegetation density, quality of available title information and more. The Land Consultants, LLC in Jasper, Tennessee, charges 50 cents to 70 cents per foot for surveying large boundary areas.

Surveying for fences

The price per foot for larger boundary surveys is higher when someone is building a fence and needs surveyors to place stakes along the property line at various intervals. Placing stakes takes more time and labor than typical boundary surveying.


It takes time to research and review deeds and plats for a property to be measured as well as the surrounding properties. Physical evidence of property lines (iron stakes, fence lines, walls) is carefully compared with data and records from the courthouse as part of the compilation of the survey drawing. The amount of time these efforts take affects the overall cost for land surveying.


Land surveying equipment is expensive to purchase and maintain. According to The Land Consultants, LLC, equipment must be consistently calibrated to achieve the accuracies required by the state, and it must be operated by licensed surveyors. In addition, the documentation efforts must be done on survey software and CAD programs by specialized technicians. All of these company operating expenses affect the overall cost of services.

Minimum service fee

Some surveying companies charge a minimum service fee to cover employee time, transportation to and from the site, and the effort of transporting surveying gear out to the site. For example, The Land Consultants, LLC charges a $650 minimum for land surveying. This price covers surveying for a lot under one acre in a platted (mapped) subdivision, which includes setting property lines, marking property corners as needed with survey flags, performing limited courthouse research, and providing a certified, stamped survey drawing at the end. Other factors, such as vegetation density, terrain and staking, can increase the costs for the same job and lot size.

Other services

Some land surveying companies offer additional services beyond the measurement of land. For example, The Land Consultants, LLC offers FEMA elevation certificates, which prove compliance with flood plain management requirements for new construction or to obtain flood insurance. The average price for a FEMA elevation certificate is $575.

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Recent reviews

Williams & Associates

Zero concerns. Great communication from Mr. Dunlap and his team came and did the work when they said they would. I didn't do any cost comparisons, so I don't know how they compare to other company's cost. The survey posts were easy to recognize and it seems to match the plot lines from the original County diagrams. I would recommend Mr. Dunlap to other homeowners.

Amerisite Land Survey, L.L.C.

He was very good and professional. Was good to deal with a contractor that kept his word about the time, cost, and when job would be completed

Sardelli Survey, LLC

We had great experience with Jamie from the start. He asked for our address at first then gave a contract with options, explanation of the options and breakdown of cost. We didnt get this from other land surveyors, some even just gave a dollar amount. After hiring Jamie, he gave us an idea of when he will come by to do the work and gave us updates. When he completed the job, he gave us the diagram and walked us through all the markers he had placed. We are pleased with his professionalism, excellent service and great attitude. We strongly recommend Jamie for any land surveying needs you would have.