Surveyor - Building

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A building surveyor examines the structure of buildings (newly built, historic, recently damaged, being renovated or up for sale) to assess their condition and to identify any faults. They work on a range of projects, such as residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

The Work

You could be:

Some surveyors specialise in local authority building control, which involves administering improvement grants and checking that building work is completed to a satisfactory standard. See Building Standards Surveyor.


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

Starting wage for a graduate is around £22,000 to £26,000 a year. With experience this can range between £28,000 and £50,000 a year. Senior or head surveyors can earn up to £70,000 a year or more.


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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 you:

There are job opportunities with estate agencies, property developers, housing associations, local authorities and industrial companies.

What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

For more information please see organisations below:


Courtesy of Gibbon Lawson McKee


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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