Meeting Planner Salary

Most Meeting Planners in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $49K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K each, total incomes of Meeting Planners generally range from $36K to $71K depending on individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Meeting Planners, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,743 - $68,586
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,328
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$14.76 - $32.21
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,743 - $68,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,469  
Profit Sharing
$964 - $6,183  
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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$36,308 - $70,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 390
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $32.21  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $38.48  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,469  
   
Profit Sharing
$964 - $6,183  
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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$36,308 - $70,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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 not commonly seen, Meeting Planners who transition into a Senior Meeting Planner position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Meeting Planners is $66K per year. A Meeting & Convention Planner role is the most prevalent career advancement for Meeting Planners. Paychecks for that role are $45K on average. The Meeting Manager position is another common transition for Meeting Planners; in this role, salaries are typically at the $52K mark.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Meeting Planners who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people who know Budget Management also know Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Meeting Planner

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


For Meeting Planners, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. Meeting Planners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Meeting Planners in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Meeting Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Alexandria (+13 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (15 percent lower) and Atlanta (13 percent lower).

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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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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
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%
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