Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States take home approximately $51K per year on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men make up a slight majority of Urban and Regional Planners (53 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,443 - $79,388
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $51,464
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$15.03 - $38.46
(Median)
$15
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,443 - $79,388  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
Profit Sharing
$1,816 - $7,370  
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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$38,049 - $80,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $38.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.00  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,816 - $7,370  
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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$38,049 - $80,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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Job Description for Urban and Regional Planner

An urban regional planner works in the urban planning field. They create plans for the purpose of optimizing efficiency and effectiveness of a community’s land and infrastructure. For example, some urban planners focus on zoning and land use requirements, while others focus on sidewalk design and streetlight installation to optimize traffic flow. Other areas of emphasis include transportation systems (e.g., railways), urban development, and environmental reclamation.

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Urban and Regional Planner Tasks

  • Develop, design, and implement studies on transportation, air quality, housing, and population, and analyze and report on results.
  • Address social, economic, environmental, and health problems by making recommendations location improvements or zoning regulations.
  • Assist and make recommendations on funding allocations for programs or transportation projects.
  • Develop long and short term plans for land use, growth, maintenance, and revitalization.
  • Monitor relevant legislation and ensure compliance of all projects with federal, state, and local regulations.

Common Career Paths for Urban and Regional Planner


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Urban and Regional Planners who transition into an upper level Transportation Planner position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Transportation Planner makes $48K a year.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Urban and Regional Planners usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Illustrator, Strategic Planning, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Geographic Information Systems. Most people skilled in Geographic Information Systems are similarly competent in Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban and Regional Planner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Urban and Regional Planners. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $55K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $45K. Urban and Regional Planners see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $78K.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%



National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 10%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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