Urban Planner Salary

For Urban Planners, annual average wages total $54K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Urban Planners (51 percent) survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Urban Planners is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,793 - $80,290
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$54K
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MEDIAN: $54,039
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$16.02 - $41.81
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MEDIAN: $23.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,793 - $80,290  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,102 - $81,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 586
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.02 - $41.81  
   
Overtime
$18.57 - $49.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,913  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,102 - $81,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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Job Description for Urban Planner

Urban planners map out the most effective use of a community’s land and infrastructure. They analyze economic, environmental, and social trends that help in the development of a plan for the land use.

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Urban Planner Tasks

  • Assess regional environment to create plans, design concepts, and preliminary engineering budgets.
  • Characterize population and types of usage for a region to evaluate needs, infrastructure, and costs.
  • Analyze and forecast financial impacts and costs of various strategies.
  • Provide land use, environmental, and/or transportation plans and working documents.

Common Career Paths for Urban Planner


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As Urban Planners make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level City Planner position pays around the same amount as the Urban Planner job on average. Urban Planners most often advance into Urban and Regional Planner and Landscape Architect positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Urban Planner


The biggest paychecks can be found at Aecom Corporation — the median salary there is $71K.

Placeworks offers the smallest salaries in town — $53K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $45K to $79K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Urban Planners seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Graphic Design, Technical Writing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and autodesk autocad. Most people familiar with Geographic Information Systems also know Project Management and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban Planner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $50K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $62K. For Urban Planners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $70K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,912

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Urban Planners, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Urban Planners will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+15 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Urban Planners earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (11 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Urban Planner

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries

▲71%

▲30%

▲15%

National Average
$54,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries




▲3%




Adobe InDesign
▼0%

Adobe Photoshop
▼0%

Public Speaking
▼0%

National Average
$54,000


▼3%


Microsoft Excel
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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