Average Urban and Regional Planners in the United States make around $54K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Urban and Regional Planners. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up a slight majority of Urban and Regional Planners (51 percent) survey respondents. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,201 - $83,398
(Median)
$38K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $53,672
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$17.54 - $33.63
(Median)
$18
$23
$34
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,201 - $83,398  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
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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$38,355 - $83,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.54 - $33.63  
   
Overtime
$31.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,085  
   
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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$38,355 - $83,540  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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Many Urban and Regional Planners move into a Transportation Planner role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Transportation Planners on average bring in a similar salary to Urban and Regional Planners.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Urban and Regional Planners generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Illustrator, Strategic Planning, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Geographic Information Systems. Those familiar with Geographic Information Systems also tend to know Strategic Planning.

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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Urban and Regional Planners make a median salary of $66K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $73K.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 19%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 7%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 1%

Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$53,000


Data Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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