The fifth in a series of surveys conducted by the APA and AICP, beginning in 2004, this year's web-based Planner's Salary Survey received an exceptional 49% response rate from regular and new professional APA members.
According to the APA, "The typical full-time planner reported a 2012 annual salary of $71,000; this is similar to the $70,000 reported in 2010. This does not reflect the core rate of inflation (CPI - all urban consumers), which had a net gain of 4.8% per year during that period."
Although only APA members have access to the full results, the survey summary offers some compelling findings regarding the correlation between compensation and experience, AICP status, type of employer, and location of employment. The top states for median salary were also revealed, with the District of Columbia, California, and Nevada ranked at the top.
The survey was conducted for APA and AICP by Readex Research, an independent research company.