Urban and Regional Planners Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for urban and regional planners in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of urban and regional planners amongst California metropolitan areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Urban and Regional Planners in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,010
25th Percentile Wage
$69,270
50th Percentile Wage
$85,410
75th Percentile Wage
$105,760
90th Percentile Wage
$128,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for urban and regional planners in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $128,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $85,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,010.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of urban and regional planners from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$85,410
3.52% 8.25%
2016
$82,400
4.39% -
2015
$78,780
-1.17% -
2014
$79,700
-0.23% -
2013
$79,880
1.90% -
2012
$78,360
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Urban and Regional Planners in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of urban and regional planners in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of urban and regional planners in state of California ranges from $61,850 to $104,670. The highest paying area for urban and regional planners in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $104,670. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $103,710). The lowest paying area is Stockton with a median annual salary of $61,850.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$104,670
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$103,710
Napa
$95,510
Vallejo-Fairfield
$91,480
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$91,470
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$91,030
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$91,030
Bakersfield-Delano
$89,520
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$88,280
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$87,200
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$85,310
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$84,080
Salinas
$83,830
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$83,770
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$82,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$81,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$81,570
Merced
$80,150
Visalia-Porterville
$78,060
Modesto
$76,890
Chico
$74,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$74,340
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$73,800
Redding
$73,790
Fresno
$73,780
Yuba City
$73,780
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$72,910
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$71,730
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$70,180
Stockton
$61,850




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