We know that in California, mid-level planning jobs in local government have salaries that approach, and sometimes break six digits. However, the cost of housing in California can be astronomical.
Some parts of the country have remarkably low costs of living, but planning job salaries can be on par with that of fast food restaurant assistant managers. One job listing posted on Cyburbia about a year ago, for a planning director position for a county in Pennsylvania, offered the whopping starting salary of $30,000.
Where are the places that offer the best ratio of typical planner salaries relative to the local cost of living and housing? How about the worst?
I've noticed that planning jobs in the New York metropolitan area offer salaries that are below the national average, in a region that has one of the most expensive costs of living in the world. It also seems like jobs in central Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, etc), where the cost of housing is quite low compared to the US as a whole, offer very good salaries.