Urban and Regional Planner Salary (United States)

Urban and Regional Planners in the United States pull down an average of $51,586 annually. The top of the range reaches $80,402 per year, and the bottom approaches $36,741. Overall cash allowance—including $4,935 bonuses and $14,899 profit sharing proceeds—ranges between $37,284 and $78,479. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a majority earn vision coverage. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 53 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Urban and Regional Planners. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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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Urban and Regional Planners do not enjoy an increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. More often than not, top-notch roles like Transportation Planner will not offer more money than lower-level jobs in the same field.

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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 of 14 percent, 10 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 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.
Urban and Regional Planners with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Starting at around $44K, salaries see a boost to $55K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $61K. Paychecks show no signs of slowing down as Urban and Regional Planners approach two decades on the job—pay continues to accelerate and typical earnings come to $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a majority of those surveyed fit this bill.

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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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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%
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