Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States can expect wages of $52K per year on average. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up a slight majority of Urban and Regional Planners (52 percent) who responded to the survey. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Urban and Regional Planners. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$38,670 - $79,629
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $51,765
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$15.00 - $38.54
(Median)
$15
$23
$39
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,670 - $79,629  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
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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$38,431 - $80,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $38.54  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$38,431 - $80,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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


Survey results show that Urban and Regional Planners typically report just a few professional 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 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems. Most people experienced in Geographic Information Systems also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $55K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $78K.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 13%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 10%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 4%

Technical Writing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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