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Louisiana Planner Salaries

solarstar

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Ok, I'm sold... (of course, I don't really have a choice but still love the place!) My husband has accepted a job in New Orleans so I'm searching for a planning job there now. I've searched APA, govtjobs, and some of the parish websites - are there any other links/leads I'm missing, or are there really no planning jobs available right now?!? I'd appreciate any help you can give - thanks!!!
 
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Welcome back to New Orleans. :) Local planning jobs are rarely listed on the national websites, probably because the salaries are embarrassingly low. The best thing to do is contact the planning and/or civil service departments directly. If you want a job in the private sector, you'll have to be more "creative" in your approach to any of the local firms.
 

Dan

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Planderella said:
Local planning jobs are rarely listed on the national websites, probably because the salaries are embarrassingly low.
Why is that? I don't imagine that the cost of living in Louisiana would be any lower than ... oh,, Missouri or Indiana. Still, though, some states are known for embarassingly low planner salaries. Pennsylvania is infamous, as is West Virginia. Pennsylvania isn't exactly a poverty-stricken low-tax state, either.

Here's what Baton Rouge has advertised online.

PLANNER I
Salary Range: $22,442 (step 1) - $31,067 (step 12) annually
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree.

PLANNER II
Salary Range: $24,727 (step 1) - $34,228 (step 12) annually
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in urban planning, regional planning or a related field.

PLANNER III
Salary Range: $28,578 (step 1) - $39,561 (step 12) annually
Qualifications: Master's degree in urban planning, regional planning or a related field.

PLANNER IV
Salary Range: $33,036 (step 1) - $45,730 (step 12) annually
Qualifications: Master's degree in urban planning, regional planning, or a related field, and considerable (2 years) professional level planning experience, including supervisory experience (1 year).
Let's compare that to the engineering jobs.

Engineer-In-Training
Starting salary $37,184 to $41,849 per year DOQ
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Certification as an Engineering Intern.

Senior Engineer-In-Training
Starting salary $40,964 to $46,106 per year DOQ
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Certification as an Engineering Intern, and 2 years experience as an Engineering Intern.

Professional Engineer I
Starting salary $45,149 to $50,816 per year DOQ
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Professional Engineering License as issued by the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.

Professional Engineer II
Starting salary $49,762 to $56,008 per year DOQ
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Professional Engineering License as issued by the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, and 2 years post license experience as a professional engineer.

Professional Engineer III
Starting salary $54,830 to $61,710 per year DOQ
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Professional Engineering License as issued by the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 4 years post license experience as a professional engineer, including supervisory experience.

Professional Engineer IV
Starting salary $60,425 to $68,010 per year DOQ
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Professional Engineering License as issued by the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, 6 years post license experience as a professional engineer, including supervisory experience.
The city considers the planning positions "classifications for which there are positions currently available and for which there is an urgent need." I can see why.

 

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As if we weren't depressed enough about the salary ranges here in south east Louisiana!

Well, I don't think planners have reached the same level of recognition as architects and engineers. We're still the step-children in our allied profession. An engineer (or architect, for that matter) never has to elaborate beyond "I'm an engineer, by profession". I forget the countless blank looks I've received to my "I'm a planner" answer!
 

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Bump. Moved from Louisiana APA Forum.
 
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