Surveyor - Rural Practice

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A rural practice surveyor, or land agent, values the assets of farms and estates. They buy and sell rural land, including farms, country estates, woodland and forestry plantations. They may specialise in agriculture, environmental regulations, forestry or in valuation work.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for graduate rural practice surveyors are around £26,250 a year. Experienced surveyors can earn £40,000 to £50,000 or more a year. Chartered or Senior surveyors can earn up to around £60,000 a year, sometimes more.

According to the RICS and Macdonald and Company UK Rewards and Attitudes Survey 2020-21, the average annual salary for a rural surveyor is £48,014.


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Getting In

You gain chartered or associate status by following one of the routes approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

In addition to the above:

This is a small area of surveying and there are fewer vacancies than in other branches. Look for a job with individual landowners, commercial or industrial companies, local authorities, agricultural surveying firms or organisations such as the National Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The RICS publishes a list of accredited degree and postgraduate courses. As interest in the environment grows, the role of the rural practice surveyor could change.

See also The Survey Association.

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