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Urban Planner Salary

Average Urban Planners in the United States make around $52K annually. Final cash compensation to Urban Planners varies from around $38K to approximately $82K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $7K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Urban Planners making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Most Urban Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,073 - $81,924
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,983
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50%
90%

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$14.18 - $34.73
(Median)
$14
$24
$35
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$39,073 - $81,924  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,936  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,152  
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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$38,302 - $82,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 597
National Hourly Rate 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$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.18 - $34.73  
   
Overtime
$20.88 - $52.50  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,152  
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).
)
$38,302 - $82,041  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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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.

Common Career Paths for Urban Planner


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Urban Planners who go on to become Urban and Regional Planners may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an Urban and Regional Planner, an upper-level role, pays $51K. Many Urban Planners advance into roles as Landscape Architects or Transportation Planners, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Urban Planners report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Technical Writing, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 8 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Research Analysis and Computer Aided Design. For most people, competency in Geographic Information Systems indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban Planner

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Urban Planners. 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 — $56K on average. On average, Urban Planners make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Urban Planners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $75K.

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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 20%


Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 137 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
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: 55% employee benefits None: 9%
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