Salary for Urban and Regional Planners

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Also known as:  City Planner, Community Development Planner, Regional Planner, Urban Planner helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

The primary functions of urban and regional planners are to cooperate with government officials, technical professionals, interest groups and the general public to address land use issues, determine the use of land use projects, evaluate land use proposals and suggest approval, denial or conditional approval, and to assess the feasibility of proposed projects. These professionals may also request or create graphics and reports, promote government land use plans, and conduct impact studies and field investigations to determine the potential effects of land use projects. A Bachelor's degree is required for entry into this occupation.

A Urban or Regional Planner can receive salaries ranging between $46,830 - $118,280 based on experience and talent. will normally get an average salary of seventy-nine thousand four hundred and ten dollars every year.

are compensated the highest in District of Columbia, where they receive pay levels, on average, of about $113,680. People working these jobs make the most money in Other Services (except Public Administration), where they receive compensation, on average, of $118,500.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 53.70 percent nationwide in that time.


Urban and Regional Planners tend to make the most in the following industries:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services
Finance and Insurance
Public Administration
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
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