Urban Planner Salary

An average Urban Planner in the United States can expect to take home roughly $51K annually. Final cash compensation to Urban Planners varies from around $38K to approximately $81K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $7K, respectively. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Urban Planners are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 57 percent of the field. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,938 - $81,033
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,382
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$14.48 - $34.89
(Median)
$14
$23
$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
$38,938 - $81,033  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,923  
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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$38,196 - $81,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 598
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $34.89  
   
Overtime
$20.79 - $53.05  
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 - $4,923  
   
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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$38,196 - $81,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120

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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 $1K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Survey results imply that Urban Planners deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Technical Writing, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 9 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Research Analysis and Computer Aided Design. Most people who know Geographic Information Systems also know 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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Urban Planners. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $56K. Urban Planners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $68K. Urban Planners who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $72K on average.

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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries

Technical Writing
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 2%

Graphic Design
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
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%