Urban Planner Salary

For Urban Planners, yearly average wages total $54K annually. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 50 percent. Most Urban Planners like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,779 - $81,026
$40K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,870
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50%
90%

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$17.38 - $41.81
$17
$24
$42
MEDIAN: $24.10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,779 - $81,026  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,996  
Profit Sharing
$1,977  
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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$39,208 - $82,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 616
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.38 - $41.81  
   
Overtime
$20.67 - $50.23  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,996  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,977  
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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$39,208 - $82,971  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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 transition into upper-level roles like City Planners, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. City Planners earn the same amount as Urban Planners on average. Many Urban Planners choose to become Urban and Regional Planners and Transportation Planners as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $3K less and $5K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Urban Planner


Urban Planners flock to Michael Baker Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $70K lead the pack in compensation.

Urban Planners will find the worst pay at placeworks, where the median salary crawls in at $52K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $78K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Urban Planners report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Those listing ArcGIS as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Computer Aided Design and autodesk autocad also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Geographic Information Systems also tend to 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.


Urban Planners with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $49K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $61K. Urban Planners bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $92K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,760

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

Surpassing the national average by 18 percent, Urban Planners in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Urban Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+15 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Denver (+12 percent). Urban Planners in Indianapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Salt Lake City (13 percent lower) and Austin (5 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Urban Planner

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries

▲71%

▲31%

▲14%

National Average
$54,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries





▲2%


Public Speaking
▼0%

National Average
$54,000





▼3%



ArcGIS
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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