Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States take home approximately $52K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. 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. Work is enjoyable for Urban and Regional Planners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,530 - $80,672
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$81K
MEDIAN: $51,571
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90%

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$14.68 - $37.94
(Median)
$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $23.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,530 - $80,672  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
Profit Sharing
$4,600  
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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$38,318 - $81,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $37.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,120  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,600  
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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$38,318 - $81,259  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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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Urban and Regional Planners who go on to become Transportation Planners may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Transportation Planner, an upper-level role, pays $49K.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Survey takers who work as Urban and Regional Planners usually report a few 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 6 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Geographic Information Systems. It is often found that people who know Geographic Information Systems are also skilled 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $45K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $56K on average. Urban and Regional Planners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $61K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $79K on average.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%



National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 16%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 10%


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 73 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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