Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Median pay for Urban and Regional Planners in the United States is around $52K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Men working as Urban and Regional Planners who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$38,749 - $79,976

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$14.97 - $38.63

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,749 - $79,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $7,500  
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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$38,457 - $81,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 323
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.97 - $38.63  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,949  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $7,500  
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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$38,457 - $81,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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.

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Urban and Regional Planners' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Transportation Planner. Median pay for Transportation Planners is $48K.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Urban and Regional Planners typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. Those proficient in Geographic Information Systems are, more often than not, also skilled 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $45K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $55K on average. Urban and Regional Planners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $78K on average.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 10%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
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National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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