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 2012 web-based survey, to which all domestic APA Regular and New Professional members were invited, again achieved extraordinary participation levels — 12,105 of 24,909 responded, for an exceptional 49% response rate. Results are reported for the 10,182 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, an interactive Salary Calculator, 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 in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. Data were collected and analyzed by Readex, which also developed this website reporting results.

Sample Composition

All 24,909 domestic APA Regular and New Professional members were invited to participate in the survey. A total of 12,105 responded, for a 49% response rate. Results are reported for the 10,182 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 31, 2012, Readex broadcast email invitations to the 24,457 members for whom well-formed and unduplicated e-mail addresses were available. The e-mail 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. 890 emails (3%) bounced back as undeliverable.

A second e-mail invitation was broadcast to nonrespondents on February 6, with a final reminder e-mailed to nonrespondents on February 9.

To include the 452 members without valid e-mail addresses on file, plus the 890 with e-mails that bounced back undeliverable, 1,269 personalized invitation letters were mailed on February 8, 2012 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 20, 2012.

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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