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Poll results: What's your Salary?

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  • 100k > 120k

    1 1.06%
  • 90k < 100k

    2 2.13%
  • 80k < 90k

    1 1.06%
  • 70k < 80k

    8 8.51%
  • 60k < 70k

    9 9.57%
  • 50k < 60k

    30 31.91%
  • 40k < 50k

    25 26.60%
  • 30k < 40k

    13 13.83%
  • < 30k

    3 3.19%
  • > 120k

    2 2.13%
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Thread: The unofficial Cyburbia salary survey

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    The unofficial Cyburbia salary survey

    Here it is, although our "community" is at several different levels of experience and disciplines, and there are unaccounted benefits, this may be worthwhile to newcomers and students. So submit your info and remain anonymous if you choose. Please convert salary amounts to US dollars:
    Who's gonna re-invent the wheel today?

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    Cyburbian Plus
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    City/County Planner going on 15 yrs exp.
    every 5 yrs merit salary increase + 1 more week of paid vacation (started with 2).
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
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    Entry level planning job , suburban city
    10 years experience, been at this job for a year
    2 weeks vacation (3 after 2 years)
    Unionized, raise every year, not really merit more COLA rate
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Cyburbian SW MI Planner's avatar
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    Feb 2002
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    3,164
    City Planner for rural City of 10,500
    Cost of living increase and merit increase each year
    Typical benefits
    88 hours vacation; 80 sick, 3 personal days
    This is my first job out of grad school and I've been here 6 years.

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    Traffic Engineer, P.E. for city of 27k
    almost 7 yrs experience
    120 vacation hrs annually
    130 sick hrs annually (5 per pay)
    13 govt. (paid) holidays annually
    $5/$15 perscriptions
    $10 co-pay
    Free annual physicals
    2-3% cost of living annual raise (depends on what the union brothers get - we get same)
    Who's gonna re-invent the wheel today?

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    Cyburbian boiker's avatar
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    Dec 2001
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    West Valley, AZ
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    entry level planner position for city of 110k
    almost 6 years of experience in planning, 5 in public
    merit based (0%-5%) and cola (2%) each year
    80 hrs vacation
    80 hrs sick
    32 hrs personal time
    11 paid holidays
    $7/$15/$30 presecriptions
    $15 co-pay (90/10 in network)
    I've put in somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 yrs here.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    you never make enough

    20 years in profession this June - wow, I am old
    Planning Director/Department Head position for a resort/tourist town 5k year round, 18k in summer, 2 million tourists

    • variable cola
    • 4 weeks vacation - carries over
    • flex time for kid duties
    • 2 weeks sick time - carries over
    • cheap disability insurance
    • cheap life insurance
    • not so cheap, but what else is new health insurance
    • enough budget money for classes, workshops and conferences including travel & expenses
    • enough budget money for studies and consultants as long as the proposal for the work is explained
    • state retirement and a 401k you can put $ into
    • they will split my check and put half in my savings and half in checking which is good because it's water through my checkbook otherwise

    I will say, however, that I wish I had negotiated another 5k more to start out

    the rule of thumb I would tell people is go as high as you can when you start (without over extending yourself in unrealistic expectations of your performance) because you don't get raises much in government

    when I worked in the private sector, I asked for a raise only after I did the higher level work for at least a few months or for a key project/client - you have to show you are already worth the money, it's like interviewing all over again!
    Last edited by luckless pedestrian; 04 Apr 2006 at 8:40 AM. Reason: forgot a few things, formatting problem

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    Forums Administrator & Gallery Moderator NHPlanner's avatar
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    New Hampshire
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    Town Planner
    Administrative Employees Union (Currently w/o contract, working under provisions of last contract)
    9 years experience, 6 years here in May
    Salary range is $45-60K. At the upper edge.
    2 weeks vacation annually, can accumulate up to 6 weeks (I'm up to 3 weeks vacation in a year or so)
    12 (paid) holidays, 1 floating holiday annually
    Night Meetings paid 1:1 admin time for salaried employees, 1.5:1 overtime for hourly employees (I'm salaried)
    $5/$15 perscriptions
    $5 co-pay
    Life insurance at level of salary (up to $50,000)
    NH State Retirement System (1 year from vesting!)
    COLA between 1.5 and 4%
    Merit increases up to 5% until hitting top of salary scale, then merit increase paid as a lump sum bonus
    Last edited by NHPlanner; 04 Apr 2006 at 4:15 PM.
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    Cyburbian Coragus's avatar
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    The Bluegrass Region . . . for now
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    Transportation Planner
    Merit increases every year
    Increase in paid time off every 5 years, after the first two
    Fully paid benefit package
    Maintaining enthusiasm in the face of crushing apathy.

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    Cyburbian
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    Location
    montana
    Posts
    336
    * Planner II in very fast growing county in northern rockies
    * Just under 2 years of experience
    * Salary is mid-30's (I'm also the low man on the totem pole)
    * three weeks (120 hours) of vacation time a year
    * Flex time- fantastic!

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    Unfrozen Caveman Planner mendelman's avatar
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    Staff meeting
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    Development Planner for suburb of 76,000
    3.5 years of experience
    MUP
    2 weeks vacation (3 after 5 yrs), 2 floater holidays, tons of sick (can be taken by the hour)
    Good prescription and dental and health coverage
    Salary is in the mid-50s
    3% inflation increase every year
    $500 merit raise every year
    lots of employee appreciation events throughout the year.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    Let's not be didactic in this profession, because that is a path to disillusion and irrelevancy.

    Six seasons and a movie!

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    Cyburbian Queen B's avatar
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    They did a salary survey on KS counties, the HR person was figuring yesterday and I am 27% below. The commission may make adjustments this year. That would be SWEET.

    I knew it was low when I took it but this county is notorieous for low wages. I told them that right up front. ANd they stikll hired me and I took it. Good place to work!
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    Snarkville
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    City Planner - City of 200,000+
    6 and a half years experience.
    Full benefits
    18 days of Paid TIme Off per year
    10 Paid Holidays per year + two extra "floating" holidays
    Salary in the low 50's
    Last edited by imaplanner; 04 Apr 2006 at 12:45 PM.

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    Cyburbian DCBuff's avatar
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    NW of a swamp called DC
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    Planner I
    City w/ 53,000 pop.
    Less than a year experience
    Salary low 40s
    2.5% COLA
    16 Paid Days Off
    Co-pay $10/$20
    Retirement .50 per $1up to 5% of your Base salary
    11 paid holidays
    No overtime just comp time
    "A man is what he does in his dreams." ~Camilla Sacci

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    Cyburbian
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    Planner in a city w a pop of 60k
    receive $750/month allowance for health and dental
    26 paid vacation days a year (I earn 8.2 hours per pay period, 26 pay periods per year), can carry over up to a max of 300 hours
    11 city holidays
    comp time earned at 1.5 hours for every hour over 40.
    250,000 life insurance plan
    retirement account will pay me 2% of my highest annual salary for every year of service per year after 20 years of service.
    3% raise every year

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    Planner II
    County with 430,000+ (only 6 months here)
    Totaly of 5 years Experience (4.5 with smaller City of 10,000+)
    BURP (I love saying that) and a BA in Public Relations

    Under Contract with Local 1533
    7.5 hours month for sick/vacation
    12 paid holidays through the State
    Matching PERS through the County
    $10 co-pays for Meds/Dr. Visits
    Any OT is Comped by 1.5.

    The bad news is that the County looks at Planners like most people look at Child Porngraphy. I did a wage study and cost of living wage comparison and I'm close to 16% less of the State average.
    Forechecking is overrated.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    I want to know who is over 100k - they must not be in this profession - LOL

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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian
    I want to know who is over 100k - they must not be in this profession - LOL
    That's not my current salary and not what I answered, but I was making that in my last job in California. Yes, public sector. And BTW, easiest job I ever had.

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    Super Moderator luckless pedestrian's avatar
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    insert voice of Foghorn Leghorn: now listen to me son, that ain't fair, son, you makin'; all that dough living in Cally-forn-i-aaaa, you need some talkin' to, boy

    actually, yes, California, Texas and Arizona as well as parts of Ohio seem to pay a little better than here in New England where zoning may not be completely constituional, we don't say zoning, we say land use regulations...

    nothing like throwing off the curve, though, which is a good thing when you need to average -


    lol

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by CCMNUT39
    Planner II
    County with 430,000+ (only 6 months here)
    Totaly of 5 years Experience (4.5 with smaller City of 10,000+)
    BURP (I love saying that) and a BA in Public Relations

    Under Contract with Local 1533
    7.5 hours month for sick/vacation
    12 paid holidays through the State
    Matching PERS through the County
    $10 co-pays for Meds/Dr. Visits
    Any OT is Comped by 1.5.

    The bad news is that the County looks at Planners like most people look at Child Porngraphy. I did a wage study and cost of living wage comparison and I'm close to 16% less of the State average.
    The County you work for doesn't happen to start wih an M and end in an N does it?

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    Assistant Director
    City w/ +/- 40,000 pop.
    17+ yrs experience
    Salary upper 40s
    No COLA
    Raises at whim of city council (typically $0 lately)
    4 Weeks paid vacation
    13 Paid Holidays
    6 Sick and 6 Personal days/year (Flexible)
    Hold up to 35 unused vacation days and unlimited sick days, Use or lose prsonal days
    Co-pay $5/15/$25
    Health Insurance (family) costs $120/mo.
    Public employee retirement plan (self directed for my investment, community share not invested)
    No overtime or comp time
    On pitching to Stan Musial:
    "Once he timed your fastball, your infielders were in jeopardy."
    Warren Spahn

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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    I assume you mean just base salary, and are not including income from things such as investments, real estate, bribes or kick-backs?
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner
    The County you work for doesn't happen to start wih an M and end in an N does it?
    Nope, but it does starts with a S and ends with an E.
    Forechecking is overrated.

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian
    I want to know who is over 100k - they must not be in this profession - LOL
    Unless they are in the private sector, in consulting, or work in the Bay Area or Los Angeles, then one could EASILY make six figures in an architecture or urban design firm.

    Heck, the City of South San Francisco is hiring Senior Planners with five years of experience starting at $99,000/year.

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    Cyburbian imaplanner's avatar
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    Quote Originally posted by CCMNUT39
    Nope, but it does starts with a S and ends with an E.
    Aha- and has seven letters!!

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