Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
37,620 2.4 % $32.67 $67,950 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.95 $24.87 $31.36 $39.25 $46.94
Annual Wage (2) $41,490 $51,740 $65,230 $81,630 $97,630


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) 24,450 0.45 $31.38 $65,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,400 0.42 $36.64 $76,220
State Government (OES Designation) 3,590 0.16 $30.64 $63,730
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,650 0.24 $35.64 $74,140
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 770 0.04 $43.70 $90,890

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) 24,450 0.45 $31.38 $65,270
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,400 0.42 $36.64 $76,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,650 0.24 $35.64 $74,140
State Government (OES Designation) 3,590 0.16 $30.64 $63,730
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 770 0.04 $43.70 $90,890

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 770 0.04 $43.70 $90,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises 50 (7) $42.94 $89,320
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 5,400 0.42 $36.64 $76,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,650 0.24 $35.64 $74,140
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $35.55 $73,950


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 8,650 0.60 2.09 $38.82 $80,750
Washington 2,760 1.00 3.46 $34.58 $71,920
Florida 1,990 0.27 0.95 $31.19 $64,870
Texas 1,770 0.17 0.58 $29.20 $60,730
Pennsylvania 1,630 0.29 1.01 $24.18 $50,300




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 2,760 1.00 3.46 $34.58 $71,920
Vermont 230 0.78 2.69 $23.47 $48,820
Hawaii 410 0.70 2.42 $32.86 $68,340
Alaska 210 0.65 2.26 $36.06 $74,990
Oregon 1,030 0.64 2.21 $35.08 $72,960




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 130 0.20 0.69 $49.13 $102,190
California 8,650 0.60 2.09 $38.82 $80,750
Nevada 210 0.19 0.66 $38.44 $79,950
Colorado 770 0.34 1.19 $38.27 $79,600
Connecticut 310 0.19 0.66 $37.34 $77,670





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 1,990 0.51 1.78 $36.50 $75,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.03 3.57 $36.13 $75,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 890 0.38 1.32 $37.18 $77,340
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.89 3.09 $41.61 $86,550
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 790 0.97 3.37 $38.33 $79,730
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 790 0.15 0.53 $34.72 $72,220
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 780 0.46 1.58 $35.06 $72,920
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 700 0.50 1.73 $38.10 $79,240
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 680 0.54 1.86 $41.24 $85,770
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 680 0.67 2.34 $37.15 $77,280




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 390 4.10 14.22 $33.31 $69,280
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 110 1.37 4.74 $35.43 $73,690
Dover, DE 80 1.30 4.49 $28.40 $59,070
Yuba City, CA 50 1.26 4.38 $34.26 $71,260
Medford, OR 90 1.18 4.07 $27.73 $57,680
Redding, CA 60 1.04 3.59 $38.21 $79,480
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,450 1.03 3.57 $36.13 $75,150
Bellingham, WA 70 0.99 3.42 $32.60 $67,800
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 790 0.97 3.37 $38.33 $79,730
Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA 40 0.96 3.34 $33.69 $70,080




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)
Boulder, CO 120 0.72 2.50 $65.93 $137,140
Napa, CA (8) (8) (8) $51.03 $106,140
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 330 0.37 1.27 $42.76 $88,930
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $42.28 $87,950
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 0.40 1.40 $42.20 $87,780
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 870 0.89 3.09 $41.61 $86,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 680 0.54 1.86 $41.24 $85,770
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 160 0.94 3.24 $41.18 $85,650
Salinas, CA 100 0.64 2.23 $40.97 $85,220
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 140 0.17 0.60 $40.69 $84,640

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)
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 120 1.02 3.52 $24.96 $51,910
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.46 1.61 $21.49 $44,710
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 110 0.66 2.29 $20.48 $42,590
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.05 3.64 $27.19 $56,550
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.61 2.11 $31.17 $64,830

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 1.51 5.23 $35.56 $73,950
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.50 5.18 $28.17 $58,580
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.07 3.69 $35.52 $73,890
Central Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.07 3.71 $27.07 $56,310
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 100 1.05 3.64 $27.19 $56,550

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)
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 0.88 3.05 $37.33 $77,640
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.51 5.23 $35.56 $73,950
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.07 3.69 $35.52 $73,890
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.55 1.90 $34.59 $71,950
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $33.21 $69,090


About May 2012 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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