Urban and Regional Planner Salary

The average Urban and Regional Planner in the United States earns approximately $54K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Urban and Regional Planners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Urban and Regional Planners are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,730 - $85,505
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$54K
$86K
MEDIAN: $54,439
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$18.18 - $33.35
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MEDIAN: $21.70
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,730 - $85,505  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
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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$38,836 - $84,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.18 - $33.35  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
   
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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$38,836 - $84,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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 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.
  • Assist and make recommendations on funding allocations for programs or transportation projects.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Urban and Regional Planner


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For Urban and Regional Planners, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Urban and Regional Planners earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Transportation Planner.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Survey results suggest that Urban and Regional Planners use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Illustrator, Strategic Planning, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis and Geographic Information Systems. It is often found that people who know Geographic Information Systems are also skilled in Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban and Regional Planner

Pay by Experience for an Urban and Regional Planner has a positive trend. An entry-level Urban and Regional Planner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 115 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Urban and Regional Planner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Urban and Regional Planner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 46 salaries. An Urban and Regional Planner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 24 salaries.

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Key Stats for Urban and Regional Planner

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%
Location:
Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

▲24%

▲23%

▲19%

National Average
$54,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
▲19%

Adobe Illustrator
▲6%


Technical Writing
▼0%

National Average
$54,000


Data Analysis
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 5%