I always go to the APA website and frequently check their job posts. Most salaries (and the only ones posted are from the puclic sector), the salaries seem good. I bring this up because a lot of people seem to complaing about pay. I know it depends on geography but salaries all seem decent. For instance an enviromental planner position was availble in the bay area. 3-5 years experience was what was preferred and the salary was $83k-$103K. Now I know that area is one of the most expensive areas in country, but those salaries don't seem that bad, esp. for three years experience. I doubt everyone in the bay area makes 200k. But whatever, my question is do people on this website tend to exaggerate that they don't get paid well for being an urban planner, or is it really like how everyone says on these boards.
Maybe I am just young and naive. I mean a salary of 65k in chicago well give u a comfortable life, where you can live in a decent neighborhood, and have a nice car (by nice car I mean like a toyota camry or honda accord, and of course 60k is comfortable when you are single and no kids).