Urban Planner Salary

Urban Planners in the United States take home approximately $54K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Urban Planners varies from around $39K to approximately $84K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $49K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most Urban Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 51 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,484 - $81,670
$40K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $54,419
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50%
90%

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$15.78 - $41.10
$16
$24
$41
MEDIAN: $23.95
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$0$83K
Salary $40,484 - $81,670
Bonus $0.00 - $5,051
Profit Sharing $2,948
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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$39,870 - $83,073
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 615
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $15.78 - $41.10
Overtime $13.00 - $47.49
Annual Data $0$83K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,051
Profit Sharing $2,948
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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$39,870 - $83,073
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 99

Job Description for Urban Planner

Urban planners map out the most effective use of a community’s land and infrastructure. They analyze economic, environmental, and social trends that help in the development of a plan for the land use.

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Urban Planner Tasks

  • Assess regional environment to create plans, design concepts, and preliminary engineering budgets.
  • Characterize population and types of usage for a region to evaluate needs, infrastructure, and costs.
  • Analyze and forecast financial impacts and costs of various strategies.
  • Provide land use, environmental, and/or transportation plans and working documents.

Common Career Paths for Urban Planner


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Urban Planners' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like City Planner. On average, City Planners get paid about the same as Urban Planners do. Urban Planners most frequently advance into Urban and Regional Planner and Landscape Architect roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

Urban Planner Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Urban Planner


Aecom Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $71K.

Placeworks seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $53K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $45K and $79K.

Popular Skills for Urban Planner


Urban Planners seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Graphic Design, Technical Writing, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Computer Aided Design, Microsoft Excel, and autodesk autocad. It is often found that people who know Geographic Information Systems are also skilled in Project Management and Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Urban Planner

Pay by Experience for an Urban Planner has a positive trend. An entry-level Urban Planner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 463 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Urban Planner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 143 salaries. An experienced Urban Planner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 127 salaries. An Urban Planner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $92,000 based on 45 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,342

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Urban Planners, 16 percent above the national average. Urban Planners will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Fort Lauderdale (+15 percent), Denver (+14 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Salt Lake City and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Urban Planner Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Urban Planner?

Urban Planner in Kansas City:
"Get this Money!!!"
Pros: The atmosphere and the mentoring.
Cons: The possibility to be working long nights and traveling.

Urban Planner in Boston:
Pros: Working with talented and intelligent people.
Cons: The high level of stress and travel requirements.

Urban Planner in Addis Ababa:
"Thank you for this chance."
Pros: Urban planning desin, environmental and recrational attractive.
Cons: Corabtion.

Urban Planner in Denver:
"VVV."
Pros: I GET FREE SONIC DRINKS AND THEN I SAY WELCOME TO THE WONDAFAL SOONIC.
Cons: I HAVE TO ROLLER SKATE.

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Key Stats for Urban Planner

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Experience Affects Urban Planner Salaries

▲70%

▲29%

▲14%

National Average
$54,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Urban Planner Salaries




▲3%




National Average
$54,000

Adobe InDesign
▼1%

Adobe Photoshop
▼1%

Public Speaking
▼1%


▼4%


Microsoft Excel
▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 12%