Urban & regional planners

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Total Workforce

21.8k

Average Age

42.9

Estimated Job Growth

12.8%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$68,376

Average Male Salary

$70,393

Average Female Salary

$66,114

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Urban & regional planners and on wages and locations for those in the field. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs is the industry that employs the most Urban & regional planners, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Urban & regional planners, by average wage, is Management, scientific & technical consulting services. Urban & regional planners are paid most in Berkeley & Albany Cities PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$68,376

AVERAGE SALARY

± $6,144

In 2017, Urban & regional planners earned an average of $68,376, $16,311 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Cost estimators make somewhat more than Urban & regional planners while Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Urban & regional planners as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.228

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Urban & regional planners had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.228, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Urban & regional planners (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Urban & regional planners.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Urban & regional planners.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Urban & regional planners, by number of employees, are Administration of environmental quality & housing programs, Executive offices & legislative bodies, and Architectural, engineering & related services.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Urban & regional planners, by average wage, are Management, scientific & technical consulting services, Executive offices & legislative bodies, and Bus service & urban transit.

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Industries by Share

21.8k

2017 Workforce

± 3,621

-115%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 25.8%

The number of people employed as Urban & regional planners has been declining at a rate of -115%, from 24,586 people in 2016 to 21,754 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Urban & regional planners employed by various industries. Administration of environmental quality & housing programs employs the largest share of Urban & regional planners at  55.5%, followed by Executive offices & legislative bodies with 21.7% and Architectural, engineering & related services with 7.84%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Urban & regional planners in the US. The average age of male Urban & regional planners in the workforce is 44.6 and of female Urban & regional planners is 40.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Urban & regional planners is White.

Gender Composition

11.5k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 2,633

10.3k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 2,486

52.9% of Urban & regional planners are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Urban & regional planners.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Urban & regional planners

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

84.8% of Urban & regional planners are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 4.41% of Urban & regional planners, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Urban & regional planners.

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Age by Gender

44.6

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 3.08

40.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 3.09

The median age of Urban & regional planners is 42.9, and Male employees are generally 3.69 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Urban & regional planners from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Urban & regional planners is Social Sciences but a relatively high number of Urban & regional planners hold a major in Architecture and Related Services.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Urban & regional planners from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Urban & regional planners need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Judgment and Decision Making. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Urban & regional planners need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Management of Financial Resources, and Programming.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Urban & regional planners from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Urban & regional planners are expected to see a growth of 12.8% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

12.8%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Urban & regional planners. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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