Meeting Planner Salary

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 vary widely between $36K and $70K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Meeting Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,709 - $68,303
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,335
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$14.76 - $32.21
(Median)
$15
$21
$32
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,709 - $68,303  
   
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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$36,280 - $70,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
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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$36,280 - $70,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Though not the most common occurrence, Meeting Planners sometimes become Senior Meeting Planners, where the average income is $65K per year. More often than not, a Meeting & Convention Planner role is the next step for Meeting Planners moving up in the field. Pay for Meeting & Convention Planners is usually $45K. Many Meeting Planners choose to take on a Meeting Manager role instead, where salaries are typically $52K.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Meeting Planners report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Budget Management tend to be well versed in Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Meeting Planner

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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). Cincinnati is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (15 percent less) and Atlanta (13 percent less).

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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
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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