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Urban and Regional Planner Salary

The average Urban and Regional Planner in the United States earns approximately $51K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men working as Urban and Regional Planners who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,367 - $78,919
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $51,455
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90%

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$14.87 - $38.85
(Median)
$15
$23
$39
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,367 - $78,919  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,887  
Profit Sharing
$1,816 - $7,370  
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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$37,886 - $80,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 358
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.87 - $38.85  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.70  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,887  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,816 - $7,370  
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).
)
$37,886 - $80,116  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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 $48K.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Urban and Regional Planners report a narrow range 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 between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems. It is often found that people who know Geographic Information Systems are 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $44K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $55K on average. On average, Urban and Regional Planners make $61K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $77K.

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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 11%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 7%
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