Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
35,820 2.2 % $33.18 $69,010 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $20.30 $25.38 $32.18 $40.17 $47.86
Annual Wage (2) $42,220 $52,790 $66,940 $83,550 $99,560


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) 23,560 0.44 $32.42 $67,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,990 0.37 $36.29 $75,490
State Government (OES Designation) 3,670 0.17 $31.14 $64,770
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,890 0.16 $32.96 $68,560
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 760 0.04 $44.88 $93,340

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) 23,560 0.44 $32.42 $67,440
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,990 0.37 $36.29 $75,490
State Government (OES Designation) 3,670 0.17 $31.14 $64,770
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 1,890 0.16 $32.96 $68,560
Social Advocacy Organizations 150 0.08 $31.55 $65,620

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) 760 0.04 $44.88 $93,340
Scientific Research and Development Services 70 0.01 $36.81 $76,560
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $36.54 $76,010
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 4,990 0.37 $36.29 $75,490
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 280 0.01 $34.67 $72,120


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 7,430 0.49 1.85 $38.69 $80,480
Washington 2,180 0.75 2.84 $36.92 $76,790
Florida 1,930 0.25 0.95 $32.80 $68,230
Texas 1,790 0.16 0.60 $30.59 $63,620
Pennsylvania 1,680 0.30 1.12 $27.20 $56,580




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)
Vermont 230 0.78 2.94 $24.96 $51,920
Washington 2,180 0.75 2.84 $36.92 $76,790
Hawaii 410 0.67 2.53 $32.95 $68,540
Montana 250 0.57 2.15 $29.27 $60,870
Alaska 180 0.56 2.11 $38.14 $79,340




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 190 0.16 0.61 $39.95 $83,090
Connecticut 320 0.20 0.74 $39.33 $81,800
California 7,430 0.49 1.85 $38.69 $80,480
Alaska 180 0.56 2.11 $38.14 $79,340
Illinois 660 0.11 0.43 $37.76 $78,550





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 2,160 0.53 2.01 $35.69 $74,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,080 0.72 2.73 $40.33 $83,890
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 860 0.16 0.60 $36.29 $75,480
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 800 0.44 1.68 $34.61 $72,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 790 0.33 1.25 $40.03 $83,260
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.43 1.62 $33.13 $68,920
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 720 0.66 2.50 $44.13 $91,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 680 0.37 1.39 $32.16 $66,900
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 660 0.76 2.88 $39.07 $81,260
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.62 2.36 $42.12 $87,600




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 360 3.65 13.76 $33.06 $68,770
Dover, DE 100 1.70 6.42 $28.58 $59,440
Yuba City, CA 60 1.50 5.67 $33.30 $69,260
Santa Fe, NM 70 1.14 4.31 $27.80 $57,830
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 80 0.99 3.75 $32.06 $66,680
Logan, UT-ID 50 0.94 3.55 $21.48 $44,680
Redding, CA 50 0.93 3.52 $33.51 $69,700
Montgomery, AL 140 0.91 3.42 $27.36 $56,900
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 100 0.90 3.38 $34.71 $72,190
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 70 0.80 3.00 $40.15 $83,500




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)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 720 0.66 2.50 $44.13 $91,790
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 70 0.40 1.52 $43.65 $90,800
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 210 0.21 0.81 $42.70 $88,810
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 110 0.12 0.46 $42.50 $88,410
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.62 2.36 $42.12 $87,600
Napa, CA (8) (8) (8) $42.06 $87,480
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 140 0.77 2.91 $42.02 $87,400
College Station-Bryan, TX 80 0.77 2.91 $41.86 $87,070
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 40 0.37 1.41 $41.55 $86,430
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 150 0.27 1.02 $40.75 $84,770

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 1.02 3.83 $32.55 $67,710
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 1.19 4.47 $24.97 $51,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.13 4.25 $28.43 $59,130
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 100 0.33 1.25 $20.49 $42,620
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 90 0.55 2.07 $27.83 $57,890

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)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.32 4.96 $39.25 $81,640
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 1.19 4.47 $24.97 $51,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 110 1.13 4.25 $28.43 $59,130
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 1.02 3.83 $32.55 $67,710
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.96 3.64 $22.70 $47,210

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 1.32 4.96 $39.25 $81,640
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 30 0.85 3.20 $38.87 $80,840
Western Central Nevada nonmetropolitan area 30 0.90 3.40 $38.68 $80,460
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.95 3.58 $37.70 $78,410
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 1.43 $34.45 $71,650


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015