Property management

Building surveyor

Building surveyors advise clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings.

Annual Salary

£22,000 to £70,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

40

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Building surveyor jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You’ll work in surveying, legal work, and planning and inspection.

Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • surveying properties, identifying structural faults and making recommendations for repairs
  • assessing damage for insurance purposes
  • establishing who’s responsible for building repair costs
  • advising clients on issues like property boundary disputes
  • acting as a client’s supporter or acting as an expert witness during legal proceedings
  • checking properties to make sure they meet building regulations, and fire safety and accessibility standards
  • dealing with planning applications and with improvement or conservation grants

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • a graduate training scheme

University

You'll usually need a degree or professional qualification approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in a subject like:

  • surveying
  • construction
  • civil engineering
  • building engineering

If your degree is in a different subject like economics, law or maths, you could take an accredited postgraduate qualification in surveying.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

Apprenticeship

You may be able to do a chartered surveyor degree apprenticeship.

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent qualifications, for a higher or a degree apprenticeship

Work

If you have a relevant foundation degree or higher national diploma and are working, for example as a surveying technician, you may be able to do further qualifications on the job.

Other routes

You could get a postgraduate qualification through a graduate trainee scheme with a company, or through distance learning with the University College of Estate Management.

Further information

You can find out more about careers in surveying through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and The Chartered Institute of Building.

£22,000 to £70,000

Starter salary: £22,000 to £26,000

Experienced salary: £28,000 to £40,000

Partners and directors could earn more.

These figures are a guide.

40

You’ll usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

Your time will be split between office and site work. 



Some contracts may involve spending periods of time away from home. 



A driving licence may be required.



Site work takes place in all weather conditions, and you may have to work on dangerous structures and at height.

With experience, you could move into project or senior management.

You could go into partnership in private practice, or become self-employment as a consultant.



You could also move into a related field, like building control.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • analytical thinking skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device


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