New salary survey by Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland

11 December 2019

Key Findings:  

·        The median salary for a Chartered Surveyor nationally is €70K  

·        In Dublin the figure is €74K while outside of Dublin its €62K 

·        The premium on basic salaries for those based in Dublin is over €11K 

·        3 out of 4 surveyors expect to receive an increase in the next 12 months 

·        20% of surveyors are female but women are under-represented at senior levels 

·        After salary, job security and career progression are seen as key benefits of surveying  

·        52% say their firm expects to increase its workforce 

·        92% of surveyors are satisfied in their jobs 

A new survey has found that the median national annual salary for a Chartered Surveyor is €70,000.  

However, the survey also found marked differences between pay levels in Dublin and the rest of the country. While the median salary in Dublin is €74,000 the figure for the rest of the country is 19% less at €62,000. 

Over 1,200 Chartered Surveyors from around the country and from the different surveying disciplines including estate agents, project managers, building surveyors, quantity surveyors, asset managers etc participated in the survey. 

Most surveyors have a positive view as regards salary prospects with just under three out of four respondents (73%) saying they expect to receive an increase in the next 12 months. Over half (57%) said they had received an increase in the previous year. The median time period with an employer is four years.  

According to the findings, the premium on basic salaries for those based in Dublin is €11,400. The Society attributes a lot of this to the higher costs of living in the capital, especially accommodation costs.  

The President of the Society Johanna Gill said she was delighted to see that 85% of surveyors would recommend surveying as a career to school leavers while 92% said they are satisfied in their jobs. 

“A career in surveying is hugely rewarding, not only for its financial benefits but also in terms of the diverse nature of the work and the variety of opportunities available. Interestingly after salary, surveyors ranked job security and career progression as the top three employment benefits.” 

“It is heartening to see that the vast majority of respondents would recommend surveying as a profession to young people while the fact that over half of respondents believe their companies are likely to increase their workforce is very positive for the sector. These are the messages we want to highlight and drive home to school-leavers – and indeed anyone considering a career change.”   

The SCSI has previously warned that the shortfall of qualified graduates coming into the profession could severely threaten the country’s ability to address the current housing supply crisis and its infrastructural deficit. 

While women make up 20% of the SCSI total membership and naturally receive equal pay, the survey found there is less participation by women in senior roles. Ms Gill said that making a career in surveying as attractive as possible for future talent, especially women, is a primary focus for the SCSI. 

“While it’s encouraging to see that new female members represent 28% of the total intake, we seem to have a problem retaining women within in the sector and that is an issue which needs to be addressed.” 

“The result of that drop off is that women are under-represented at senior and director level. Female participation rates are pulled down significantly by the construction sector where female representation is as low as 6%. While progressive companies are looking to address issues such as flexible working hours and remote working, the industry as a whole needs to adopt a much more proactive approach to this area.” Ms Gill concluded. 

The full report is available here > 



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GPR Communications




Note to Editor 


This is the 3rd annual SCSI Remuneration and Benefits Survey – no survey was carried out in 2018 - and was conducted between the 30th September and 22nd October 2019. A total of 1,243 responses were received. The majority of the findings are based on the responses of 914 surveyors in full time employment. The comparative analysis was carried out using the same process as previous surveys unless stated in any deviations. 

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