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Urban Planner Salary

The average Urban Planner in the United States earns approximately $52K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Urban Planners spread between $38K and $82K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Urban Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Urban Planners making up 57 percent of survey respondents. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,052 - $81,901
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$82K
MEDIAN: $51,819
10%
50%
90%

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$14.50 - $34.85
(Median)
$15
$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
$39,052 - $81,901  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,933  
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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$38,358 - $82,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $34.85  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,933  
   
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).
)
$38,358 - $82,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121

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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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Many Urban Planners move into an Urban and Regional Planner role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Urban and Regional Planners on average bring in a similar salary to Urban Planners. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Technical Writing, Project Management, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 8 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Research Analysis and Computer Aided Design. Most people skilled in Geographic Information Systems are similarly competent 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $47K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $56K. On average, Urban Planners make $69K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $80K.

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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries

Technical Writing
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Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Design
up arrow 2%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe InDesign
0%

National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 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
15%
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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