Urban and Regional Planner Salary (United States)

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States pull down an average of $51,586 per year. Pay begins at $36,741 on the low end and climbs to $80,402 per year near the top. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Urban and Regional Planners making up 53 percent of workers. For the most part, Urban and Regional Planners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview are derived from responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Urban and Regional Planner Salary (?
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$37,284 - $78,479
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $51,428
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Urban and Regional Planner Salary (?
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$15.15 - $39.32
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,284 - $78,479  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,899  
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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$36,741 - $80,402  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $39.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,899  
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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$36,741 - $80,402  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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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For Urban and Regional Planners, career progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. Typically, a Transportation Planner, an upper-level role, will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner

Urban and Regional Planners seem to require a number of 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 of 14 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) also tend to know Technical Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban and Regional Planner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Urban and Regional Planners with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Compensation grows after five to 10 years from $44K to $55K. Salary comes to $61K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Urban and Regional Planners tend to earn $77K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth 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 11 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%
National Average
$52,000

Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%
Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 10%
National Average
$52,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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