Meeting Planner Salary

Women account for the majority of Meeting Planners in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $50K annually. Total cash compensation to Meeting Planners approaches anywhere from $37K on the lower end to $70K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Meeting Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$37,539 - $69,035
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,807
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50%
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$14.30 - $33.43
(Median)
$14
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,539 - $69,035  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,615  
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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$36,582 - $70,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 423
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.30 - $33.43  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $41.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,615  
   
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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$36,582 - $70,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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 $67K per year. The most common promotion for Meeting Planners is a Meeting & Convention Planner position, which usually brings in $45K a year. Another standard transition for Meeting Planners seeking advancement is to assume a Meeting Manager role, where pay is often $52K.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Survey takers who work as Meeting Planners typically report just a few professional skills. 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.


Meeting Planners do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. Meeting Planners bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $56K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,297

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Meeting Planners, 26 percent higher than the national average. Meeting Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), New York (+17 percent), Alexandria (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Cincinnati and Denver (16 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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National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 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
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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