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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of urban and regional planners from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |