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Meeting Planner Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Meeting Planners in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $49K per year. Overall cash earnings for Meeting Planners stretch from $36K on the lower end to $70K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $6K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Meeting Planners is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage.
Meeting Planner Salary (?
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$36,369 - $66,824
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MEDIAN: $48,973
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Meeting Planner Salary (?
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$14.76 - $33.72
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,369 - $66,824  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,301  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $8,319  
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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$35,913 - $69,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 345
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $33.72  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $40.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,301  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $8,319  
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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$35,913 - $69,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Meeting Planners who took the survey. Those who have experience with Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Meeting Planners bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $56K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$50,000
Denver
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Atlanta
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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Meeting Planners in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Meeting Planners will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), Alexandria (+14 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Atlanta and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Meeting Planner Salaries

National Average
$50,000

Skills That Affect Meeting Planner Salaries

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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
96%
female alumni
 
Male
4%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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