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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
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|
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|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
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|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New York|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |