Development Surveyor

Also known as a “Developer” or “Project Manager”

A developer’s role is to advise clients through the whole property process – from the acquisition of land through to practical completion of the development.

Working closely with planners, architects, and quantity surveyors; developers advise clients on everything, from what to build and where, the specification, pricing, layouts, marketing, and sales strategies all the way through to the process of handing over properties to buyers and post-sale customer service.

Key aspects of the role:

  • Manage relationships
  • Understand the needs of the client
  • Identify opportunities for development through research
  • Assess the impact of a development in terms of economic viability and environmental impact

Beneficial skills & interests in this role:

  • Communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial approach
  • Numeracy
  • Willingness to learn

How much can I earn?

Depending on where in the UK you decide to work, your salary will be higher or lower. Check out our salary map to see what you could earn.

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London Development Surveyor salaries*
Apprentice (L6):£17,800
Graduate:£27,000
Newly qualified:£34,000
Partner / Director:£75,000
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London Development Surveyor salaries*
Apprentice (L6):£17,800
Graduate:£27,000
Newly qualified:£34,000
Partner / Director:£75,000

* Salaries are an estimate and may vary

Career paths into this role

  • Apprentice route
    You could qualify as an Agency Surveyor whilst working in a supporting role. You study alongside your practical experience (Page coming soon!)

  • Graduate route
    You’ll need an RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) accredited undergraduate or postgraduate degree. You’ll usually need 5 GCSEs (9-4) and 3 A Levels to get onto a degree course, but you might be able to use other qualifications (Page coming soon!)

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Other roles you might enjoy

Agency Surveyor

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  • Purchase land and secure funding
  • Ensuring compliance with the conditions of the tenancy
  • Negotiate terms for landlords and tenants

Building Surveyor

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  • Advise on energy efficiency, environmental impact and sustainable construction
  • Deal with planning applications and advise on property legislation and building regulations
  • Determine the condition of existing buildings, identify and analyse defects, including proposals for repair

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