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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
38,940 1.7 % $ 39.09 $ 81,310 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Urban and Regional Planners:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.42 $ 29.75 $ 37.74 $ 47.64 $ 57.38
Annual Wage (2) $ 48,720 $ 61,880 $ 78,500 $ 99,090 $ 119,340


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) 27,770 0.52 $ 38.04 $ 79,120
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,850 0.25 $ 43.41 $ 90,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,730 0.17 $ 38.41 $ 79,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 970 0.06 $ 39.11 $ 81,340
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 880 0.04 $ 49.86 $ 103,720

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) 27,770 0.52 $ 38.04 $ 79,120
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 3,850 0.25 $ 43.41 $ 90,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 3,730 0.17 $ 38.41 $ 79,880
Natural Gas Distribution 110 0.10 (8) (8)
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 460 0.06 $ 45.50 $ 94,650

Top paying industries for Urban and Regional Planners:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 40 0.01 $ 52.70 $ 109,610
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 880 0.04 $ 49.86 $ 103,720
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $ 47.07 $ 97,900
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $ 46.24 $ 96,180
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 460 0.06 $ 45.50 $ 94,650


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.



Map of employment of urban and regional planners by state, May 2021


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 7,750 0.47 1.70 $ 46.88 $ 97,510
Florida 2,540 0.30 1.07 $ 35.23 $ 73,270
Washington 2,250 0.70 2.54 $ 44.51 $ 92,580
Texas 1,920 0.16 0.57 $ 34.19 $ 71,110
North Carolina 1,580 0.36 1.30 $ 33.20 $ 69,060


Map of location quotient of urban and regional planners by state, May 2021


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)
Delaware 390 0.89 3.23 $ 28.17 $ 58,600
Hawaii 490 0.89 3.22 $ 40.30 $ 83,830
Alaska 260 0.87 3.16 $ 43.49 $ 90,460
Washington 2,250 0.70 2.54 $ 44.51 $ 92,580
Vermont 190 0.67 2.44 $ 32.33 $ 67,250


Map of annual mean wages of urban and regional planners by state, May 2021


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 320 0.48 1.75 $ 51.60 $ 107,330
California 7,750 0.47 1.70 $ 46.88 $ 97,510
New York 1,470 0.17 0.62 $ 44.55 $ 92,660
Washington 2,250 0.70 2.54 $ 44.51 $ 92,580
Nevada 200 0.15 0.55 $ 44.36 $ 92,280



Map of employment of urban and regional planners by area, May 2021


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 1,850 0.32 1.17 $ 47.15 $ 98,060
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,330 0.59 2.14 $ 54.20 $ 112,740
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,150 0.13 0.48 $ 46.42 $ 96,560
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,100 0.57 2.07 $ 48.14 $ 100,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,060 0.36 1.31 $ 45.54 $ 94,720
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 920 0.36 1.29 $ 40.63 $ 84,510
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 870 0.89 3.22 $ 45.10 $ 93,800
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 800 0.57 2.07 $ 44.48 $ 92,520
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 790 0.19 0.67 $ 41.64 $ 86,600
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 750 0.31 1.11 $ 39.65 $ 82,470


Map of location quotient of urban and regional planners by area, May 2021


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)
Olympia-Tumwater, WA 530 4.77 17.26 $ 43.71 $ 90,910
Yuba City, CA 90 1.95 7.05 $ 38.69 $ 80,480
Dover, DE 120 1.90 6.87 $ 28.29 $ 58,830
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 140 1.26 4.57 $ 44.37 $ 92,300
Redding, CA 80 1.16 4.20 $ 42.21 $ 87,800
Urban Honolulu, HI 380 0.96 3.47 $ 40.54 $ 84,330
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.95 3.42 $ 40.53 $ 84,310
Pittsfield, MA 30 0.94 3.40 $ 38.14 $ 79,320
Montgomery, AL 140 0.90 3.26 $ 27.89 $ 58,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 870 0.89 3.22 $ 45.10 $ 93,800


Map of annual mean wages of urban and regional planners by area, May 2021


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)
Boulder, CO 140 0.79 2.85 $ 57.54 $ 119,680
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 420 0.39 1.41 $ 54.21 $ 112,760
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,330 0.59 2.14 $ 54.20 $ 112,740
Napa, CA 40 0.58 2.08 $ 53.94 $ 112,200
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 60 0.47 1.71 $ 51.28 $ 106,670
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 0.73 2.63 $ 49.71 $ 103,400
Salinas, CA 90 0.54 1.94 $ 48.82 $ 101,550
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.42 1.52 $ 48.79 $ 101,480
Reno, NV 50 0.22 0.80 $ 48.37 $ 100,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,100 0.57 2.07 $ 48.14 $ 100,120

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 1.69 6.10 $ 36.78 $ 76,500
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.07 3.87 $ 36.50 $ 75,910
Piedmont North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 110 0.44 1.58 $ 28.21 $ 58,670
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.39 1.40 $ 26.77 $ 55,670
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 4.28 $ 28.59 $ 59,460

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 1.69 6.10 $ 36.78 $ 76,500
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 1.46 5.29 $ 30.37 $ 63,170
Northern New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 4.28 $ 28.59 $ 59,460
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 120 1.07 3.87 $ 36.50 $ 75,910
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 1.05 3.81 $ 38.33 $ 79,720

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)
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.76 2.74 $ 50.59 $ 105,230
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 43.28 $ 90,030
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 2.12 $ 43.26 $ 89,980
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 42.15 $ 87,660
Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.34 1.21 $ 41.23 $ 85,760


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022