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A building surveyor’s work can vary massively from one day to the next, but the primary role involves surveying buildings to assess their condition and structure, then providing advice on repairs or proposed renovations or alterations.


Average salaries are in the region of £22,000.00 to £38,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

A building surveyor’s work can vary massively from one day to the next, but the primary role involves surveying buildings to assess their condition and structure, then providing advice on repairs or proposed renovations or alterations.

What they do

Building surveyors are responsible for assessing and reporting on the structure and condition of existing buildings in relation to their maintenance, repair, renovation and extension. They will also advise clients on the design and construction of new buildings.

This role can be extremely varied, with duties ranging from minor alterations to residential properties to high-value projects involving large-scale commercial buildings and even historic properties of architectural importance.

This construction job involves producing technical reports based on the client’s needs, and advising on the proposed works.

In addition, he or she will offer advice in relation to legal and planning issues, as well as building regulations, and will be responsible for preparing plans, contracts, budget and other documentation.

Once work is underway, the building surveyor will oversee this to ensure that everything is progressing as planned and that the project will be completed on time.

Typical tasks include:

  • Undertaking on-site property surveys
  • Producing detailed reports and recommendations
  • Identifying defects and advising on remedial works
  • Offering advice on proposed alterations, improvements and extensions
  • Preparing budgets and schedules
  • Advising on environmental and safety issues
  • Meeting with clients and contractors to oversee progress

Hours & Salary:

A typical working week usually involves working standard office hours, Monday-Friday. But there may be times where you'll need to work late in order to meet project deadlines. 

  • Newly trained building surveyors can earn in the region of £18,000-£22,000
  • Trained with experience building surveyors can earn in the region of £23,000-£38,000
  • Senior, chartered or master building surveyors can earn in the region of £50,000-£70,000

Salaries typically depend on location, employer and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered status. 


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Qualifications & Training

Building surveying is open to graduates of all subjects.

A degree in a related field such as geography, property or construction, especially one accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) or the Association of Building Engineers (ABE), will prove advantageous when job hunting.

Non-cognates and non-accredited graduates must take an accredited conversion course to top up their qualifications and gain a sector-specific understanding.

Most surveyors choose to continue their professional development to chartered status with one of the professional bodies – usually RICS – who set the qualification criteria. "Chartered surveyor" is a globally recognised qualification which opens up opportunities abroad, and can lead to greater responsibility and higher salaries.

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Career trends and forecasts

4210 additional staff needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need an additional 4210 surveyors (which includes building surveyors) between 2017 - 2021. The highest demand for these construction jobs will be in the South East followed by West Midlands, Wales, North East and North West.

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