Urban & Regional Planner

Quick Facts: Urban and Regional Planners
2012 Median Pay $65,230 per year
$31.36 per hour
Entry-Level Education Master’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 38,700
Job Outlook, 2012-22 10% (As fast as average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 4,000

What Urban and Regional Planners Do

Urban and regional planners develop plans and programs for the use of land. Their plans help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities in towns, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.

Work Environment

About 2 in 3 urban and regional planners worked in local government in 2012. They often attend meetings with neighborhood groups that take place during evenings and weekends.

How to Become an Urban or Regional Planner

Urban and regional planners usually need a master’s degree from an accredited planning program to qualify for most positions.


The median annual wage for urban and regional planners was $65,230 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of urban and regional planners is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Population growth, economic conditions, and environmental concerns will drive employment growth for planners in cities, suburbs, and other areas.