Urban Planner Salary

For Urban Planners, annual average wages total $53K per year. Total cash earnings of Urban Planners range from $39K on the low end to $82K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $7K, respectively. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Urban Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Urban Planners (57 percent) who responded to the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,172 - $81,670
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,574
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$14.63 - $34.65
(Median)
$15
$24
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,172 - $81,670  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,952  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,047  
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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$38,541 - $81,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 628
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $34.65  
   
Overtime
$21.05 - $52.05  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$511 - $7,047  
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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$38,541 - $81,743  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
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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

  • Analyze and forecast financial impacts and costs of various strategies.
  • Provide land use, environmental, and/or transportation plans and working documents.
  • 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.

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Urban Planners' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Urban and Regional Planner. Median pay for Urban and Regional Planners is $50K. Urban Planners most often advance into Transportation Planner and Landscape Architect positions even though the median salaries are $4K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design and Graphic Design. It is often found that people who know Geographic Information Systems are also skilled in Microsoft Office and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban Planner

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


Urban Planners generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $48K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $57K on average. Urban Planners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Urban Planners who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 38 percent, Urban Planners in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Urban Planners will also find cushy salaries in Fort Lauderdale (+18 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Portland (+15 percent). Compared to the national average, Indianapolis Urban Planners have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (8 percent less) and Chicago (2 percent less).

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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 8%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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