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    Highest salaries for planning jobs that you've seen

    We have the "Lowest" thread, lets be positive and throw out the highest salaries you have seen.

    Since Directors typically get paid much more, I broke it down it to 2 categories director and non-director.

    1) Highest Director Salary?
    2) Highest Non-Director Salary?

    Around here Directors get 95 to 130; Well Paid Planners get 65 to 85 I know this isn’t the highest around so what is?

    I heard from a friend that at his Civil Engineering/Planning consulting firm in phoenix they hired a 29-year-old to write comprehensive plans for 275,000. I can only hope that is true and someday I could be close to that.. However right now I am very close to the “Lowest” end of things!

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    Did they pay the guy 275,000 to write plans or did they pay him to write 275,000 dollar plans?

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    Quote Originally posted by nrschmid View post
    Did they pay the guy 275,000 to write plans or did they pay him to write 275,000 dollar plans?
    Supposedly the salary was 275,000, started the thread to see if anyone else has heard of salaries approaching this amount

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    Things are a bit better then I thought, pulled this off the APA survey. I like my chances in 12 years with 19% earning over 100,000. I would imagine higher ups in some of the large private companies make even more then that. Planning does have a brighter future then many other professions although we often get down on ourselves due to political stress and low standard local government raises.

    APA
    "The typical (median) planner is 43 years old and has been in the planning field for 14 years. Almost all planners indicated an area of specialization, the most common being community development and redevelopment (51%) and land-use or code enforcement (44%). Other areas of specialization include transportation planning (26%), environmental and natural resources planning (25%), urban design (23%), and economic planning and development (21%). 67% of planners work in public agencies and 25% in private consulting firms. 63% of planners report their principal place of employment is located in a city, with 21% naming a suburb, 11% a small town, and 3% a rural area.
    Median annual salary has increased from $63,700 per year in 2006 to $70,000 in 2008, a gain of 9.9% over two years, or an annualized rate of 4.8% per year. This compares very favorably with the core rate of inflation (CPI — all urban consumers), which gained 3.2% per year during that period."


    19% earn 100,000 or more

    17% earn 80,000 to 99,000

    30% earn 60,000 to 79,000

    30% earn 40,000 to 59,000

    4% earn under 40,000"

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    In 12 years, we may ALL be making 6 figures-- thanks to inflation
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    When applying for entry level jobs, I was in line for a job (no experience needed) in Colorado's Western Slope Oil Country that started at $46k/year.

    Alas, I took one on the Front Range instead.
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    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
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    Quote Originally posted by boiker View post
    In 12 years, we may ALL be making 6 figures-- thanks to inflation
    haha maybe so, but if you assume the 9.9% salary growth that occurred for planners between 2006 to 2008 continues at 9.9% every two years for 12 years that 100,000 salary we could possibly earn with 14 years experience would now be $176,191

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