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    May 2004
    Albany, OR

    Why the low pay? Do we need a union?

    I spent $40,000 and 3 yrs getting a masters in urban planning but in my job searches most jobs pay only mid to high 20's for entry level jobs. Why haven't planners' pay gone up in this so-called strong economy? Maybe I should go back to my railroad clerks job that paid 30k.

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    Cyburbian mike gurnee's avatar
    Feb 1998
    Greensburg, Kansas

    Why the low pay? Do we need a union?

    There are times I would like to make more (who doesn't). But I did not become a public planner to become rich. I knew that going into the profession. Intangibles are or should be more important. I lick wounds when projects are defeated, and truly relish the accomplishments. I have made some differences in the communities I worked, personally worth more than the salary. After 25 years, I am slightly over $50,000, which is 'comfortable' in my small town setting. I could double that in another profession like some friends, but they are constantly facing layoffs and mergers.

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