Meeting Planner Salary

Meeting Planners in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $49K per year for pay. In the world of Meeting Planners, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $70K. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$36,791 - $68,904

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$14.74 - $31.25

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,791 - $68,904  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,445  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $7,250  
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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$36,335 - $70,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $31.25  
   
Overtime
$14.90 - $38.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,445  
   
Profit Sharing
$550 - $7,250  
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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$36,335 - $70,490  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 $66K per year on average. Given that the median pay is $45K, it may be surprising to find that a Meeting & Convention Planner is the most common role for Meeting Planners to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Meeting Manager role — which pays $52K — is also typical for Meeting Planners, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Typical Meeting Planners report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $52K. Meeting Planners bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Meeting Planners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Meeting Planners, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Meeting Planners will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+17 percent), Alexandria (+13 percent), and New York (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cincinnati. 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

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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
1%
1-4 years
28%
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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