Urban Planner Salary

An average Urban Planner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $52K per year. In the world of Urban Planners, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $39K and $82K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Urban Planners who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$39,162 - $81,670
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $52,444
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$14.60 - $34.69
(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
$39,162 - $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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$38,532 - $81,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 628
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $34.69  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $52.27  
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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$38,532 - $81,766  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 125
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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 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 $50K. Many Urban Planners go on to become Transportation Planners or Landscape Architects despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $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 Project Management, Technical Writing, Microsoft Office, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Computer Aided Design and Graphic 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $48K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Urban Planners make a median salary of $68K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $80K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Urban Planners, 39 percent higher than the national average. Urban Planners will also find cushy salaries in Fort Lauderdale (+18 percent), Boston (+18 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Portland (+15 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Urban Planner's salary, with Indianapolis Urban Planners earning salaries that are 23 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Atlanta and 2 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries


Technical Writing
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Adobe Photoshop
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AutoCAD
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Research Analysis
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Design
up arrow 1%

Adobe Illustrator
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National Average
$52,000

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 139 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
24%
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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