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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

19-3051 Urban and Regional Planners

Develop comprehensive plans and programs for use of land and physical facilities of jurisdictions, such as towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.


National estimates for Urban and Regional Planners
Industry profile for Urban and Regional Planners
Geographic profile for Urban and Regional Planners

National estimates for Urban and Regional Planners:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Urban and Regional Planners:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,190 1.8 % $ 38.18 $ 79,410 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Urban and Regional Planners:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 22.51 $ 28.43 $ 36.52 $ 46.34 $ 56.86
Annual Wage (2) $ 46,830 $ 59,130 $ 75,950 $ 96,380 $ 118,280


Industry profile for Urban and Regional Planners:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Urban and Regional Planners are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Urban and Regional Planners, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Urban and Regional Planners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 27,050 0.50 $ 37.40 $ 77,790
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,270 0.28 $ 42.86 $ 89,150
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,510 0.16 $ 36.11 $ 75,110
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,250 0.08 $ 35.31 $ 73,440
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 870 0.04 $ 49.50 $ 102,960

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Urban and Regional Planners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 27,050 0.50 $ 37.40 $ 77,790
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,270 0.28 $ 42.86 $ 89,150
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,510 0.16 $ 36.11 $ 75,110
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,250 0.08 $ 35.31 $ 73,440
Social Advocacy Organizations 90 0.04 $ 84.88 $ 176,560

Top paying industries for Urban and Regional Planners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Social Advocacy Organizations 90 0.04 $ 84.88 $ 176,560
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 870 0.04 $ 49.50 $ 102,960
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,270 0.28 $ 42.86 $ 89,150
Legal Services (8) (8) $ 42.66 $ 88,740
Management of Companies and Enterprises (8) (8) $ 41.22 $ 85,740


Geographic profile for Urban and Regional Planners:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Urban and Regional Planners are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Urban and Regional Planners, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Urban and Regional Planners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 7,930 0.48 1.76 $ 46.07 $ 95,840
Florida 2,950 0.35 1.27 $ 34.30 $ 71,340
Washington 2,270 0.71 2.59 $ 41.57 $ 86,460
Texas 2,180 0.18 0.66 $ 34.64 $ 72,060
North Carolina 1,460 0.34 1.24 $ 32.15 $ 66,880




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Urban and Regional Planners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 530 0.92 3.34 $ 36.90 $ 76,740
Washington 2,270 0.71 2.59 $ 41.57 $ 86,460
New Mexico 530 0.67 2.46 $ 28.51 $ 59,300
Oregon 1,050 0.58 2.12 $ 41.53 $ 86,380
Vermont 150 0.52 1.90 $ 31.89 $ 66,340




Top paying states for Urban and Regional Planners:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 200 0.29 1.05 $ 54.65 $ 113,680
California 7,930 0.48 1.76 $ 46.07 $ 95,840
New York 1,270 0.15 0.53 $ 44.87 $ 93,330
Washington 2,270 0.71 2.59 $ 41.57 $ 86,460
Oregon 1,050 0.58 2.12 $ 41.53 $ 86,380





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Urban and Regional Planners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,200 0.38 1.38 $ 45.28 $ 94,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,410 0.60 2.20 $ 51.83 $ 107,810
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,260 0.14 0.52 $ 46.68 $ 97,090
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,180 0.60 2.19 $ 44.78 $ 93,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,170 0.39 1.41 $ 44.56 $ 92,670
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,000 0.40 1.46 $ 37.88 $ 78,800
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 830 0.59 2.16 $ 44.46 $ 92,480
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 790 0.22 0.80 $ 37.08 $ 77,120
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 750 0.29 1.05 $ 38.84 $ 80,790
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 720 0.48 1.75 $ 44.96 $ 93,510




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Urban and Regional Planners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Yuba City, CA 110 2.50 9.10 $ 41.19 $ 85,670
Redding, CA 120 1.83 6.66 $ 40.86 $ 84,990
Dover, DE 110 1.78 6.50 $ 29.85 $ 62,100
Santa Fe, NM 90 1.50 5.46 $ 29.80 $ 61,990
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 120 1.11 4.03 $ 38.21 $ 79,480
Urban Honolulu, HI 430 1.05 3.82 $ 37.20 $ 77,380
Montgomery, AL 140 0.93 3.39 $ 26.46 $ 55,040
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 80 0.88 3.20 $ 40.36 $ 83,960
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 40 0.82 3.00 (8) (8)
Wenatchee, WA 40 0.81 2.94 $ 38.34 $ 79,740




Top paying metropolitan areas for Urban and Regional Planners:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 340 0.31 1.11 $ 52.84 $ 109,910
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 120 0.64 2.31 $ 52.34 $ 108,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,410 0.60 2.20 $ 51.83 $ 107,810
Santa Rosa, CA 70 0.38 1.37 $ 50.38 $ 104,780
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.48 1.76 $ 49.97 $ 103,940
Salinas, CA 110 0.63 2.28 $ 48.16 $ 100,170
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 60 0.17 0.63 $ 48.05 $ 99,940
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 110 0.38 1.39 $ 47.43 $ 98,660
Bakersfield, CA 140 0.44 1.61 $ 47.35 $ 98,490
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 60 0.65 2.38 $ 46.82 $ 97,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Urban and Regional Planners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.71 6.25 $ 33.87 $ 70,460
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 150 1.28 4.65 $ 35.16 $ 73,120
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.48 1.74 $ 28.51 $ 59,300
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 1.41 5.15 $ 28.40 $ 59,060
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.38 1.40 $ 29.51 $ 61,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Urban and Regional Planners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 170 1.71 6.25 $ 33.87 $ 70,460
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 1.41 5.15 $ 28.40 $ 59,060
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 150 1.28 4.65 $ 35.16 $ 73,120
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 0.96 3.51 $ 32.01 $ 66,590
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.83 3.02 (8) (8)

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Urban and Regional Planners:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 2.16 $ 43.97 $ 91,450
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 60 0.60 2.17 $ 40.10 $ 83,410
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.40 $ 39.01 $ 81,140
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 38.36 $ 79,780
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.80 2.93 $ 38.18 $ 79,420


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021