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Urban and Regional Planners Salary Information

The salary statistics of urban and regional planners are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of urban and regional planners within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The urban and regional planners annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Urban and Regional Planners Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,680
25th Percentile Wage
$55,960
50th Percentile Wage
$71,490
75th Percentile Wage
$89,760
90th Percentile Wage
$108,170

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for urban and regional planners. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) urban and regional planners is $108,170. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $71,490. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,680. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 142% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$71,490
2.06% 8.76%
2016
$70,020
2.57% -
2015
$68,220
1.88% -
2014
$66,940
1.93% -
2013
$65,650
0.64% -
2012
$65,230
- -

Table 2. Urban and Regional Planners Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of urban and regional planners in 11 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for urban and regional planners occupations is the construction sector with an annual salary $90,900. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $56,570).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Construction
$90,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$90,510
Utilities
$89,180
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$75,720
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$75,100
Finance and Insurance
$72,950
Educational Services
$71,840
Federal, State, and Local Government
$70,780
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$62,030
Health Care and Social Assistance
$60,790
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$56,570

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Urban and Regional Planners by States

From the above tables we note that not only urban and regional planners salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of urban and regional planners in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $31,410 to $97,970. The highest paying state for urban and regional planners is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $97,970. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $31,410. For more salary information of urban and regional planners profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$97,970
California
$85,410
Nevada
$83,500
Massachusetts
$80,240
Washington
$79,280
New Jersey
$78,900
Oregon
$78,530
Alaska
$77,620
Connecticut
$76,300
Rhode Island
$75,140
Illinois
$75,020
Colorado
$74,360
Arizona
$73,580
Maryland
$72,600
New York
$71,590
Virginia
$71,090
Hawaii
$70,350
Minnesota
$70,140
Florida
$69,500
North Dakota
$69,440
Missouri
$66,720
Wisconsin
$65,830
Utah
$64,980
Maine
$64,970
Iowa
$64,830
Ohio
$63,640
North Carolina
$63,430
Kansas
$63,390
Guam
$63,380
Texas
$62,470
Michigan
$62,230
Nebraska
$62,230
Oklahoma
$62,080
Delaware
$61,300
Pennsylvania
$60,900
Mississippi
$60,680
Wyoming
$60,490
New Hampshire
$60,050
South Carolina
$58,530
Alabama
$57,940
Louisiana
$57,660
Tennessee
$56,930
Montana
$56,080
Georgia
$55,800
Idaho
$55,610
New Mexico
$55,360
Indiana
$53,720
South Dakota
$51,500
Arkansas
$50,400
Kentucky
$49,270
Vermont
$48,960
West Virginia
$48,110
Puerto Rico
$31,410



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