The average Urban and Regional Planner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. 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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$38,892 - $85,286
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$54K
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MEDIAN: $54,398
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$18.07 - $33.63
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,892 - $85,286  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
Total Pay (?
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$38,915 - $84,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$18.07 - $33.63  
   
Overtime
$31.50  
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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$38,915 - $84,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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 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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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis and Geographic Information Systems. Most people skilled in Geographic Information Systems are similarly competent in Strategic Planning.

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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $64K. For Urban and Regional Planners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $67K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $73K.

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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
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
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Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 5%


Technical Writing
0%

National Average
$54,000


Data Analysis
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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
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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