APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey

The American Planning Association and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, seek to promote the success of planners and the organizations they work for. To that end, periodic surveys of compensation in the profession have been conducted and reported to the membership.

The 2014 web-based survey, to which all domestic APA Regular and New Professional members were invited, achieved extraordinary participation levels — 10,774 of 26,465 responded, for a 41% response rate.

Results are reported for the 9,032 respondents supplying salary data and indicating they are employed or self-employed full-time as planners or in planning-related positions.

The survey was conducted for APA and AICP by Readex Research, an independent research company.

This site provides a comprehensive view of survey results, including a summary of findings, an interactive Salary Worksheet, and supporting tables.

About the Survey

Roles & Responsibilities

This survey was sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). It was conducted with the assistance of Readex Research, an independent research company.

The survey instrument was designed jointly by APA/AICP and Readex Research, virtually identical to the instruments used every other year since 2004. Data were collected and analyzed by Readex, which also developed this website reporting results.

Sample Composition

All 26,465 domestic APA members (Regular, New Professional, Life, Faculty) members were invited to participate in the survey. A total of 10,774 responded, for a 41% response rate. Results are reported here for the 9,032 respondents supplying salary data and indicating they are employed or self-employed full-time as planners or in planning-related positions.

Data Collection

The survey instrument was realized as a web-based form, hosted on a secure Readex Research server.

On January 30, 2014, Readex broadcast email invitations to the 26,101 members for whom well-formed and unduplicated email addresses were available. The email messages, which appeared to come from APA's executive director, invited members to complete the survey at the site and offered to enter respondents in a drawing for one of five $100 coupons good for purchases from the Planners Book Service in the APA store. 2,176 emails (8%) bounced back as undeliverable.

A second email invitation was broadcast to nonrespondents on February 5, with a final reminder emailed to nonrespondents on February 11.

To include members without valid email addresses on file, plus those whose emails bounced back undeliverable, personalized invitation letters were mailed on February 7, 2014 to a sample of 1,500 (out of 2,540).  The letters were produced on APA/AICP stationery and again signed by the executive director, with a similar invitation to complete the survey on the web.

Responses were accepted through February 17, 2014.

About Readex Research

Readex Research is a nationally recognized independent research company located in Stillwater, Minnesota. Its roots are found in survey research for the magazine publishing industry, but its specialization in conducting high-quality self-administered surveys has brought it clients from many other markets, including associations, corporate marketers and communicators, and government agencies. With over 50 years of research experience and turnkey e-survey and mail survey capabilities, Readex provides research you can trust, research you can understand, and research you can take action on—in short, research you can use.

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