Pay for Urban Planners in the United States sits in the ballpark of $54K per year. Cash earnings for Urban Planners — including $5K in bonuses and $49K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $39K to $82K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and the specific company impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Urban Planners are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. Work is enjoyable for Urban Planners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,667 - $80,459
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MEDIAN: $53,851
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$16.93 - $41.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,667 - $80,459  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,836  
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $49,316  
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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$39,117 - $82,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 593
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.93 - $41.54  
   
Overtime
$21.05 - $49.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,836  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.55 - $49,316  
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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$39,117 - $82,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 84
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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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As Urban Planners transition into upper-level roles like City Planners, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. City Planners earn the same amount as Urban Planners on average. Urban Planners most often advance into Urban and Regional Planner and Transportation Planner positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Michael Baker Corporation offers the most; Urban Planners earn $70K on average there.

Pay for Urban Planners is the lowest at placeworks, which has a median salary of $52K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $78K.

Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Survey results imply that Urban Planners deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Graphic Design, Project Management, Technical Writing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like ArcGIS, Computer Aided Design, and autodesk autocad. Most people experienced in Geographic Information Systems also know Project Management 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $49K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $62K. Urban Planners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $71K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $92K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,819

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Urban Planners, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Urban Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+16 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+13 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Urban Planners in Indianapolis report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 25 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Austin and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries



Technical Writing
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Design
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Public Speaking
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Research Analysis
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Adobe Illustrator
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National Average
$54,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Microsoft Office
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Adobe Photoshop
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Adobe InDesign
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AutoCAD
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ArcGIS
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 68 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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