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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$44,170
25th Percentile Wage
$55,160
50th Percentile Wage
$70,020
75th Percentile Wage
$87,910
90th Percentile Wage
$105,310

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 $105,310. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $70,020. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $44,170. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 138% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201670,0202.57%6.84%
201568,2201.88%-
201466,9401.93%-
201365,6500.64%-
201265,230--

Table 2. Urban and Regional Planners Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of urban and regional planners in 7 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 management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $90,510. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $60,830).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$90,510
Utilities
$77,190
Construction
$73,020
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,490
Federal, State, and Local Government
$69,630
Educational Services
$67,600
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$60,830

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 $28,670 to $96,220. The highest paying state for urban and regional planners is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $96,220. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $28,670. 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
$96,220
New Jersey
$83,760
Nevada
$83,370
California
$82,400
Connecticut
$78,380
Massachusetts
$78,150
Oregon
$78,120
Illinois
$77,470
Washington
$77,180
Alaska
$76,680
Colorado
$74,980
Rhode Island
$74,210
New York
$71,960
Arizona
$70,620
Minnesota
$70,080
Virginia
$69,910
North Dakota
$69,090
Maine
$67,760
Hawaii
$67,080
Florida
$67,030
Maryland
$66,560
Utah
$65,630
Iowa
$65,600
Missouri
$65,100
Wisconsin
$63,750
Nebraska
$63,370
Oklahoma
$63,090
New Hampshire
$62,610
North Carolina
$61,820
Ohio
$61,800
Kansas
$61,380
Texas
$61,300
Delaware
$61,120
Wyoming
$60,730
South Carolina
$60,200
Michigan
$59,930
Montana
$59,460
Pennsylvania
$58,350
Tennessee
$57,060
Alabama
$55,900
Vermont
$55,690
Louisiana
$55,590
Idaho
$55,070
Mississippi
$54,950
New Mexico
$54,600
South Dakota
$53,070
Kentucky
$52,670
Georgia
$52,060
Indiana
$51,920
West Virginia
$49,050
Arkansas
$48,380
Puerto Rico
$28,670


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