Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
35,940 1.8 % $32.66 $67,920 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.88 $24.81 $31.56 $39.44 $47.06
Annual Wage (2) $41,350 $51,600 $65,650 $82,030 $97,890


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) 24,130 0.44 $31.63 $65,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,670 0.35 $37.08 $77,140
State Government (OES Designation) 3,680 0.17 $30.29 $63,000
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,750 0.15 $34.55 $71,850
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 770 0.04 $44.22 $91,970

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) 24,130 0.44 $31.63 $65,780
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,670 0.35 $37.08 $77,140
State Government (OES Designation) 3,680 0.17 $30.29 $63,000
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,750 0.15 $34.55 $71,850
Social Advocacy Organizations 170 0.09 $31.78 $66,100

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 $44.22 $91,970
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $39.74 $82,660
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,670 0.35 $37.08 $77,140
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 230 0.01 $35.49 $73,810
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.02 $35.23 $73,280


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 7,210 0.49 1.81 $38.90 $80,920
Washington 2,510 0.89 3.27 $35.29 $73,400
Florida 1,760 0.24 0.87 $31.28 $65,070
Texas 1,760 0.16 0.59 $30.32 $63,060
Pennsylvania 1,580 0.28 1.04 $24.82 $51,620




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 2,510 0.89 3.27 $35.29 $73,400
Vermont 250 0.84 3.09 $23.54 $48,950
Alaska 210 0.64 2.36 $37.50 $78,010
Oregon 1,010 0.62 2.28 $37.11 $77,180
Hawaii 360 0.60 2.22 $32.07 $66,710




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 180 0.16 0.58 $39.62 $82,400
California 7,210 0.49 1.81 $38.90 $80,920
Connecticut 330 0.20 0.74 $38.38 $79,840
Alaska 210 0.64 2.36 $37.50 $78,010
Oregon 1,010 0.62 2.28 $37.11 $77,180





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 1,950 0.49 1.81 $36.35 $75,620
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.89 3.29 $37.29 $77,560
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 880 0.37 1.37 $37.74 $78,500
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 830 0.48 1.75 $35.51 $73,860
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 800 0.15 0.56 $35.10 $73,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.44 1.63 $31.73 $65,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.72 2.66 $46.15 $95,980
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 720 0.70 2.57 $38.97 $81,050
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 670 0.67 2.48 $40.59 $84,430
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 650 0.78 2.87 $38.31 $79,680




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 370 3.88 14.33 $32.26 $67,090
Dover, DE 100 1.61 5.96 $29.10 $60,530
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 120 1.48 5.45 $33.52 $69,730
Yuba City, CA 50 1.37 5.07 $33.45 $69,570
Redding, CA 60 1.05 3.88 $41.27 $85,850
Santa Fe, NM 60 1.03 3.82 $27.75 $57,710
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 1.01 3.74 $34.80 $72,390
Bellingham, WA 80 1.00 3.71 $32.84 $68,300
Corvallis, OR 30 0.91 3.36 $36.86 $76,680
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,290 0.89 3.29 $37.29 $77,560




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 110 0.66 2.44 $60.89 $126,650
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 750 0.72 2.66 $46.15 $95,980
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 280 0.30 1.12 $44.19 $91,920
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 60 0.33 1.21 $42.86 $89,140
Napa, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.23 $87,830
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 120 0.14 0.51 $42.00 $87,350
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 150 0.86 3.17 $41.86 $87,070
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.84 3.10 $41.80 $86,940
Bend, OR 40 0.69 2.54 $41.69 $86,720
Redding, CA 60 1.05 3.88 $41.27 $85,850

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 130 1.04 3.83 $25.40 $52,840
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 100 0.63 2.34 $31.01 $64,500
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.95 3.50 $28.21 $58,680
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 80 0.44 1.63 $23.51 $48,900
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.34 1.24 $20.62 $42,890

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)
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.30 4.81 $28.77 $59,850
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.27 4.69 $38.78 $80,670
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.06 3.90 $35.20 $73,220
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.04 3.83 $25.40 $52,840
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 90 0.95 3.50 $28.21 $58,680

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.27 4.69 $38.78 $80,670
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.56 2.05 $36.04 $74,970
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 2.51 $35.96 $74,800
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 80 1.06 3.90 $35.20 $73,220
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.57 2.11 $33.37 $69,410


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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