The typical (median) planner is 43 years old and has been in the planning field for 14 years. Almost all planners indicated at least one area of specialization, the most common being community development and redevelopment (51%), and land-use or code enforcement (45%). Other areas of specialization include transportation planning (28%), environmental and natural resources planning (26%), urban design (22%), and economic planning and development (22%). 70% of planners work in public agencies and 23% in private consulting firms. 61% of planners report their principal place of employment is located in a city, another 22% indicated a suburb, 13% a small town, and 4% a rural area.
The median total compensation in 2008, including other cash compensation in addition to salary was $71,000, and in 2010 it is $72,000, with $56,000 being the 25th percentile (25% earn less) and $95,000 being the 75th percentile.
Without accounting for other variables, AICP members make, on average, $18,000 more than non–AICP members. When we control for experience, AICP members still earn a higher salary across the board but at narrower margins.