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Urban Planner Salary

Median pay for Urban Planners in the United States is around $52K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Urban Planners are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,791 - $80,812
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,620
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50%
90%

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$14.38 - $37.13
(Median)
$14
$24
$37
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
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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
$38,791 - $80,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,924  
Profit Sharing
$916 - $2,948  
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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$37,741 - $81,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 553
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.38 - $37.13  
   
Overtime
$20.94 - $52.70  
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 - $4,924  
   
Profit Sharing
$916 - $2,948  
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).
)
$37,741 - $81,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.

Common Career Paths for Urban Planner


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For Urban Planners, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Urban Planners earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Urban and Regional Planner. Urban Planners most often move into Landscape Architect or Transportation Planner roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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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, Microsoft Office, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Research Analysis and Graphic Design, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those educated in Geographic Information Systems tend to be well versed 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $47K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $56K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Urban Planners make a median salary of $69K. Urban Planners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $71K.

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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 21%



Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Graphic Design
up arrow 6%

Research Analysis
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 10%