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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. Final cash compensation to Meeting Planners varies from around $36K to approximately $70K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $8K, respectively. Location and career length 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. Most Meeting Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$36,730 - $68,303
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,358
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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
$36,730 - $68,303  
   
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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$36,279 - $70,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
National Hourly Rate 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$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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$36,279 - $70,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Meeting Planners sometimes become Senior Meeting Planners, where the average income is $65K per year. As Meeting Planners progress in their field, many go on to become Meeting & Convention Planners. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $45K. Another common career choice for Meeting Planners is to move into a Meeting Manager role — this promotion usually pays $52K.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Professional skills reported by Meeting Planners are few in number. Those who have experience with Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $45K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. Meeting Planners see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Meeting Planners who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Meeting Planners, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Meeting Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Alexandria (+13 percent), and New York (+9 percent). In Cincinnati, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Denver (15 percent lower) and Atlanta (9 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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Event Planning
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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 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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