Urban and Regional Planner Salary

The average Urban and Regional Planner in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Urban and Regional Planners making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Most Urban and Regional Planners like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$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.

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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 $49K.

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Popular Skills for Urban and Regional Planner


Survey results show that Urban and Regional Planners use a fair number of 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Geographic Information Systems. Those familiar with Geographic Information Systems also tend to know Strategic Planning.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban and Regional Planner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $45K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $56K on average. Urban and Regional Planners claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $61K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $79K.

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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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