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Surveying and Mapping Services

SIC 8713 | NAICS 541360 & 541370

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Surveying & Mapping Services  (view report)
Geophysical Services  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and trends
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

BNP Media
Point of Beginning (POB) Magazine

Monthly magazine features news and information for the surveyors and other industry professionals, with special features including the "Salary and Benefits Study" (June issue) which provides average surveyor salaries by type of business and the "POB Top 100 Geospatial Companies" special report which lists the top firms in the industry based on land surveying, mapping, and geospatial revenues.

Geophysical Surveying & Mapping Services

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Cheves Media LLC
The American Surveyor

Monthly journal features news and information for land surveyors and geo-technology professionals, with online news sections including business, measurement and positioning, equipment, hardware, software, space/GPS/GNSS, remote sensing and photogrammetry, LiDAR/laser scanning, GIS, cartography, and models, and trade events and education. Digital editions are available free online.

Flat Dog Media, Inc.
XYHT Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for precision measurement, positioning, and imaging professionals, with special features including the annual "Outlook" edition which looks ahead at innovative trends, technologies, and applications that are expected to have a significant impact on surveying and geospatial services over the next ten years. Digital editions can be viewed free online.

The Business Research Company
Research reports available from this organization include:

Surveying & Mapping Services
Market research report provides a detailed analysis of this service sector on a global basis, with data provided in the report including historical and forecast revenue in U.S. dollars by type of service (e.g., aerial photo, cadastral, gravimetric, land, non-geophysical mining, and non-geophysical hydrographic and oceanographic surveys; map preparation services) and global region (e.g., North America, U.S.).

Geophysical Services
Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of the geophysical services market on a global basis, with information provided in the study including historical and forecast revenue by type of service (e.g., geological, electromagnetic and electrical, aerial, magnetic, seismic, gravity, oil and gas, metal mining, and nonmetallic minerals surveys), geographic region, and for selected countries (e.g., United States).


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Surveying & Mapping / Geophysical Services  Search for "541370" and "541360"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
  • Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Surveying & Mapping / Geophysical Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of these reports provides an analysis of industry profit and expenses as a percentage of revenue for firms that provide geospatial processing services, cadastral, property line, and boundary surveys, topographical and planimetric surveys and maps, subdivision layout and design services, construction surveys and maps, and geophysical mineral and engineering surveys.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

BNP Media
POB Salary and Benefits Study

Annual salary survey provides average salaries for surveyors by type of business (e.g., survey firms, civil engineering/survey firms) and also includes a percentage breakdown of respondent salaries by salary range (e.g., under $30,000, $30,000-$99,999 in $10,000 increments, and $100,000 or more). Survey is published in the June issue of POB magazine and is available free online with registration.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Surveyors / Survey Technicians / Cartographers & Photogrammetrists / technicians / cartographers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and metro area basis for surveyors who determine property boundaries and provide relevant data with regard to the earth's surface and subsurface for engineering, mapping, and construction projects, survey technicians who assist them, and mapmakers who use surveys and other data to create and update maps and charts.

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation data available from this organization includes:

Land / Geophysical Surveying / geophysical
Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions in this sector such as land surveyor, survey party chief, survey technician, and geophysicist, with employers for which salary or hourly wage rate data is provided including Land Surveying, Inc., ESP Associates, P.A., Enviro Clean Products & Services, Surveying And Mapping, LLC, and CGGVeritas Services SA.

Geospatial Mapping Services
Free online service provides median salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this sector such as geospatial analyst, GIS analyst, GIS technician, software developer, and software engineer, with employers for which median compensation is provided including Quantum Spatial Inc., DigitalGlobe Inc., MDA Information Systems LLC, and Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc.

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