Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
38,320 2.0 % $32.38 $67,350 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.73 $24.51 $30.82 $38.82 $47.14
Annual Wage (2) $41,040 $50,970 $64,100 $80,740 $98,060


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 25,160 0.46 $30.90 $64,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,260 0.41 $36.47 $75,850
State Government (OES Designation) 3,660 0.16 $30.48 $63,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,620 0.25 $37.72 $78,460
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 790 0.04 $43.03 $89,500

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 25,160 0.46 $30.90 $64,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,260 0.41 $36.47 $75,850
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,620 0.25 $37.72 $78,460
State Government (OES Designation) 3,660 0.16 $30.48 $63,390
Social Advocacy Organizations 110 0.06 $28.57 $59,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 60 (7) $44.08 $91,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 790 0.04 $43.03 $89,500
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,620 0.25 $37.72 $78,460
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,260 0.41 $36.47 $75,850
Scientific Research and Development Services 120 0.02 $32.88 $68,390


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,880 0.63 2.12 $39.25 $81,640
Washington 2,780 1.02 3.42 $33.87 $70,450
Florida 2,140 0.30 1.00 $30.61 $63,670
Pennsylvania 1,910 0.34 1.15 $23.42 $48,700
New York 1,470 0.17 0.58 $31.66 $65,850




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 2,780 1.02 3.42 $33.87 $70,450
Alaska 250 0.80 2.66 $35.31 $73,440
Oregon 1,100 0.69 2.32 $34.51 $71,780
Hawaii 380 0.67 2.23 $31.46 $65,440
Vermont 190 0.66 2.21 $25.86 $53,790




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 200 0.31 1.04 $43.32 $90,100
California 8,880 0.63 2.12 $39.25 $81,640
Nevada 240 0.21 0.71 $38.25 $79,570
Colorado 800 0.37 1.24 $38.13 $79,300
New Jersey 330 0.09 0.29 $37.20 $77,370





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,910 0.50 1.68 $38.24 $79,540
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,540 1.12 3.76 $34.89 $72,580
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 1.28 4.27 $43.60 $90,680
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,020 1.07 3.60 $40.38 $83,980
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 870 0.38 1.26 $36.30 $75,510
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 750 0.93 3.10 $39.37 $81,890
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 730 0.43 1.45 $35.92 $74,720
Baltimore-Towson, MD 700 0.56 1.87 $34.37 $71,500
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 690 0.14 0.46 $33.34 $69,350
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 660 0.39 1.30 $31.63 $65,780




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Olympia, WA 310 3.24 10.84 $34.63 $72,040
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 120 1.53 5.12 $35.57 $73,980
Bend, OR 90 1.52 5.08 $36.95 $76,850
Corvallis, OR 50 1.47 4.92 $39.38 $81,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 1.28 4.27 $43.60 $90,680
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 120 1.24 4.15 $32.58 $67,760
Dover, DE 70 1.23 4.11 $28.20 $58,650
Redding, CA 70 1.21 4.05 $39.78 $82,740
Boulder, CO 180 1.17 3.90 (8) (8)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,540 1.12 3.76 $34.89 $72,580




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 30 0.51 1.72 $54.51 $113,390
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 600 0.69 2.31 $44.69 $92,960
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,220 1.28 4.27 $43.60 $90,680
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.20 $87,770
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 140 0.50 1.67 $41.84 $87,020
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,020 1.07 3.60 $40.38 $83,980
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 150 0.88 2.94 $40.15 $83,510
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 600 0.49 1.63 $40.10 $83,410
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 0.39 1.32 $40.03 $83,260
Redding, CA 70 1.21 4.05 $39.78 $82,740

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.84 2.82 $19.31 $40,160
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 130 0.57 1.91 $22.33 $46,440
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.06 3.56 $24.49 $50,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.30 4.36 $29.46 $61,270
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 90 0.63 2.11 $21.33 $44,360

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.54 5.17 $33.63 $69,960
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.44 4.82 $26.99 $56,150
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.44 4.83 $27.21 $56,600
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 120 1.30 4.36 $29.46 $61,270
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.21 4.06 $19.68 $40,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.28 0.92 $33.93 $70,570
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.54 5.17 $33.63 $69,960
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 2.66 $33.02 $68,680
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 1.88 $32.64 $67,900
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 3.26 $32.43 $67,460


About May 2011 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 mean 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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