Urban Planner Salary (United States)

Yearly wages for Urban Planners in the United States typically come in around $51,806 annually. Compensation starts at $37,455 and can reach $81,709 per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Male Urban Planners are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 56 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Urban Planners. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Urban Planner Salary (?
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$38,742 - $81,508
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MEDIAN: $51,743
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Urban Planner Salary (?
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$14.34 - $34.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,742 - $81,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,908  
Profit Sharing
$950 - $4,000  
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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$37,455 - $81,709  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 546
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.34 - $34.96  
   
Overtime
$21.38 - $51.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,908  
   
Profit Sharing
$950 - $4,000  
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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$37,455 - $81,709  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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Popular Skills for Urban Planner

Urban Planners seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Technical Writing, Microsoft Office, Project Management, and Adobe Photoshop are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 19 percent, 11 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Research Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Graphic Design and Computer Aided Design (CAD) also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 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.
Urban Planners do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $47K—can reach $56K. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $69K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, Urban Planners encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $70K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 6 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Seattle
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New York
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Boston
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Phoenix
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Los Angeles
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Washington
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New Orleans
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San Diego
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Chicago
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National Average
$52,000
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Fort Lauderdale
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Atlanta
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Indianapolis
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Home to some of the best pay for Urban Planners, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 53 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Seattle, New York, Boston, and Phoenix, where Urban Planners annually earn 18 percent, 14 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. Urban Planners' salaries are heavily influenced by location—Urban Planners in Indianapolis bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around -7 percent in Atlanta and -1 percent in Philadelphia, 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
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Adobe Photoshop
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AutoCAD
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Design
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Adobe Illustrator
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Adobe InDesign
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National Average
$52,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Graphic Design
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Research Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 10%
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