Meeting Planner Salary
Women account for the majority of Meeting Planners in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $51K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of Meeting Planners claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
Once at the meeting or conference, meeting planners often oversee a significant staff (which may include volunteers), and they must maintain firm control over on-site personnel to ensure everything goes smoothly. Meeting planners must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and able to quickly identify and correct problems so the meeting or conference is not adversely affected. Significant travel is often necessary for meeting planning positions, as many conferences are held off-site from the planner's location.
General job requirements for a meeting planner include a bachelor's degree, prior experience in the hospitality industry, and excellent planning and communication skills. Being a certified meeting professional may be preferred, and basic computer skills are needed. Proofreading and writing skills are also helpful because meeting planners are often required to edit and produce brochures and other written materials. The ability to work flexible hours may be needed, as meetings and conferences are sometimes held on nights and weekends.
Meeting Planner Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner
Meeting Planners typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, Event Planning, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Event Management. 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.
Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $45K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $52K. For Meeting Planners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Meeting Planners that is 49 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Meeting Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), and Alexandria (+10 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (15 percent lower) and St. Louis (6 percent lower).
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