Urban & regional planners

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
28.6k
Average Age
42.8
Estimated Job Growth
11.1%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$80,611
Average Male Salary
$85,481
Average Female Salary
$74,718

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 General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Urban & regional planners are paid most in South Miami City, Westchester & Coral Terrace PUMA, FL but are relatively concentrated in McLean & Idylwood PUMA, VA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$80,611
AVERAGE SALARY
± $6,985

In 2020, Urban & regional planners earned an average of $80,611, $24,657 more than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Real estate brokers & sales agents make somewhat more than Urban & regional planners while Landscape architects 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

0.281
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Urban & regional planners had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.281, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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

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Industries by Share

28.6k
2020 Workforce
± 4,151
13.4%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 18.7%

The number of people employed as Urban & regional planners has been growing at a rate of 13.4%, from 25,212 people in 2019 to 28,596 people in 2020.

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  45.9%, followed by Executive offices & legislative bodies with 17.5% and Architectural, engineering & related services with 11.4%.

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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 44.5 and of female Urban & regional planners is 40.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Urban & regional planners is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

15.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,072
12.9k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 2,793

54.7% of Urban & regional planners are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Urban & regional planners.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Urban & regional planners
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

75.9% of Urban & regional planners are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 7.27% of Urban & regional planners, Asian (Non-Hispanic) 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 Sex

44.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.53
40.7
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.7

The median age of Urban & regional planners is 42.8, and Male employees are generally 3.83 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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Urban and Regional Planners from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Urban and Regional Planners are expected to see a growth of 11.1% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

For growth projections, the closest comparible industry reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is Urban and Regional Planners.
11.1%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Urban and Regional Planners. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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