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Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Earnings for Urban and Regional Planners in the United States come in at around $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. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Urban and Regional Planners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,412 - $79,532
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$80K
MEDIAN: $51,667
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50%
90%

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$14.79 - $39.00
(Median)
$15
$23
$39
MEDIAN: $22.00
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50%
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
$38,412 - $79,532  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$37,913 - $80,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 352
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $39.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.85  
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 - $4,932  
   
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).
)
$37,913 - $80,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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 $48K.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


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 4 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Geographic Information Systems. Most people who know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $45K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $55K. Urban and Regional Planners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $61K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $78K.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 51%



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 3%

National Average
$52,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 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
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%
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