Urban Planner Salary

Urban Planners in the United States take home an average $53K per year. Cash earnings for Urban Planners — including $5K in bonuses and $7K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $39K to $82K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Urban Planners making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Most Urban Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,245 - $81,371

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$15.52 - $34.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,245 - $81,371  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,943  
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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$38,775 - $81,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 641
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$15.52 - $34.77  
   
Overtime
$21.08 - $51.94  
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 - $4,943  
   
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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$38,775 - $81,516  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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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 sometimes move into a City Planner role, where the salary is similar. Urban Planners most often move into Urban and Regional Planner or Transportation Planner roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $4K less.

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Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Survey takers working as Urban Planners report using a large range of professional skills. 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 pay less than market rate include Computer Aided Design and Graphic Design. 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $48K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $57K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Urban Planners make a median salary of $69K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $75K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Urban Planners, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Urban Planners will also find cushy salaries in Fort Lauderdale (+17 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+14 percent), and Portland (+13 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. Atlanta and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 8 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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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%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Design
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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 134 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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 8%
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