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Meeting Planner Salary

Meeting Planners in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $49K per year. Cash earnings for Meeting Planners — including $7K in bonuses and $8K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $70K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Meeting Planners like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$36,741 - $68,262
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,247
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$14.74 - $31.25
(Median)
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,741 - $68,262  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,524  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $8,241  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,289 - $70,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $31.25  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $38.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,524  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $8,241  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,289 - $70,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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Job Description for Meeting Planner

Meeting planners are responsible for planning and coordinating meetings and conferences. This includes performing planning and logistics tasks prior to meetings, as well as performing management and troubleshooting for meetings themselves. Duties for meeting planners generally include developing timelines and budgets, publishing brochures and other meeting materials, negotiating lodging and travel, renting event spaces, and managing speaking schedules. Being detail-oriented is essential, as meeting planners are responsible for planning multiple events at one time.

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Meeting Planner Tasks

  • Assess event goals, run meetings in preparation of event, and manage profitability of client.
  • Liaise between client and service providers, as well as contract negotiation.
  • Establishes and oversees the logistical and administrative support needs of events; may include site surveying, cash flow management, scheduling, and crowd management.
  • Supervise production of printed materials and mailings.

Common Career Paths for Meeting Planner


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While Meeting Planners do not often become Senior Meeting Planners, the job pays $65K per year on average. Going from Meeting Planner to Meeting & Convention Planner is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Meeting & Convention Planners is $45K. Many others choose to work as Meeting Managers, where pay is typically $51K.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Job skills reported by Meeting Planners are limited. Those who have experience with Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Meeting Planner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Meeting Planners — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. As Meeting Planners reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Meeting Planners, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Meeting Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Alexandria (+13 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Denver and 9 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Meeting Planner Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Meeting Planner Salaries

Contract Negotiation
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Budget Management
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Event Planning
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%
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