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Urban and Regional Planner Salary (United States)

Yearly pay for Urban and Regional Planners in the United States typically comes in around $51K annually. Total cash earnings of Urban and Regional Planners range from $37K on the low end to $80K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $15K, respectively. Medical benefits are awarded to the vast majority, and most earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Urban and Regional Planners making up 53 percent of workers. Work is enjoyable for Urban and Regional Planners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Urban and Regional Planner Salary (?
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$37,284 - $78,479
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MEDIAN: $51,428
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Urban and Regional Planner Salary (?
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$15.15 - $39.32
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$37,284 - $78,479  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,899  
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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$36,741 - $80,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.15 - $39.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,935  
   
Profit Sharing
$986 - $14,899  
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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$36,741 - $80,402  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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 will usually 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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of 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 of 14 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Geographic Information Systems indicates knowledge of 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, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $44K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $54K. Urban and Regional Planners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $77K on average. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one in ten.

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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 10%
National Average
$52,000
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%