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 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$56,110
25th Percentile Wage
$67,510
50th Percentile Wage
$82,400
75th Percentile Wage
$102,710
90th Percentile Wage
$125,790

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 $125,790. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $82,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $56,110.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26.98
25th Percentile Wage
$32.46
50th Percentile Wage
$39.61
75th Percentile Wage
$49.38
90th Percentile Wage
$60.48

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for urban and regional planners in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $60.48. The median hourly salary is $39.61. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26.98.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of urban and regional planners from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201682,4004.39%4.90%
201578,780-1.17%-
201479,700-0.23%-
201379,8801.90%-
201278,360--

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 $71,260 to $99,820. The highest paying area for urban and regional planners in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $99,820. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $93,090). The lowest paying area is San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles with a median annual salary of $71,260.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$99,820
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$93,090
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$88,600
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$88,590
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$87,200
Napa
$86,040
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$85,490
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$85,430
Salinas
$85,350
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$84,080
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$82,320
Vallejo-Fairfield
$82,230
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$81,570
Bakersfield-Delano
$81,250
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$80,240
Merced
$80,150
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$79,080
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$77,050
Visalia-Porterville
$76,630
Modesto
$75,670
Chico
$74,630
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$74,340
Fresno
$73,390
Redding
$73,390
Yuba City
$73,390
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$72,910
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$72,010
Stockton
$71,400
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$71,260



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