APA/AICP Planners Salary Survey

About the 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 2016 web-based survey, to which APA Regular, Life, Faculty, and New Professional members were invited, achieved significant participation levels — 11,393 of 28,856 responded, for a 39% response rate.

Results are reported for the 9,709 respondents supplying salary data and indicating they are employed or self-employed full-time and year-round as planners or in planning-related positions.

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

The response was tabulated and the online report was prepared by Readex in accordance with accepted research standards and practices.

Data Collection

The web-based 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.

On April 12, 2016, Readex broadcast email invitations to the 28,856 members for whom well-formed and unduplicated email addresses were available. The email messages, which appeared to come from AP'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 Visa gift cards.

Reminder emails were sent to non-respondents on April 15 and 20, and the survey was closed for tabulation April 25, 2016.

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.