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Urban and Regional Planner Salary

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States pull down an average of $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Urban and Regional Planners is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Men make up a slight majority of Urban and Regional Planners (53 percent) who responded to the survey. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,144 - $78,902
(Median)
$38K
$51K
$79K
MEDIAN: $51,251
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$14.93 - $38.70
(Median)
$15
$23
$39
MEDIAN: $22.00
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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
$38,144 - $78,902  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,865  
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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$37,613 - $79,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $38.70  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.54  
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 - $4,865  
   
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).
)
$37,613 - $79,980  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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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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Many Urban and Regional Planners move into a Transportation Planner role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Transportation Planners on average bring in a similar salary to Urban and Regional Planners.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Urban and Regional Planners typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Adobe Illustrator, Strategic Planning, and Technical Writing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Urban and Regional Planners generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Urban and Regional Planners make a median salary of $61K. Urban and Regional Planners who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $77K.

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Experience Affects Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 50%



National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Urban and Regional Planner Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 14%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 11%


Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 6%