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Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States take home an average $52K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Urban and Regional Planners making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Urban and Regional Planners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$37,289 - $77,879
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MEDIAN: $51,552
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$15.03 - $39.18
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,289 - $77,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,911  
Profit Sharing
$1,493 - $6,250  
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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$36,620 - $79,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 399
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.03 - $39.18  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.39  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,911  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,493 - $6,250  
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).
)
$36,620 - $79,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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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


Survey results suggest that Urban and Regional Planners put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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 14 percent. 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.


For many Urban and Regional Planners, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $44K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Urban and Regional Planners who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $76K.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 48%



National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 10%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 130 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%