Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States take home approximately $54K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Urban and Regional Planners making up 52 percent of survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,873 - $85,077
$39K
$54K
$85K
MEDIAN: $54,328
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$18.28 - $33.64
$18
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$34
MEDIAN: $23.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,873 - $85,077  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,530  
Total Pay (?
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$39,002 - $83,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 188
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.28 - $33.64  
   
Overtime
$31.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,530  
   
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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$39,002 - $83,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 33

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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 $49K.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Urban and Regional Planners report using a wide range of professional skills. 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

Pay by Experience for an Urban and Regional Planner has a positive trend. An entry-level Urban and Regional Planner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 115 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Urban and Regional Planner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 52 salaries. An experienced Urban and Regional Planner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 46 salaries. An Urban and Regional Planner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 24 salaries.

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Key Stats for Urban and Regional Planner

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

▲23%

▲23%

▲18%

National Average
$54,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
▲18%

Adobe Illustrator
▲6%


Technical Writing
▼0%

National Average
$54,000


Data Analysis
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 5%
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