Meeting Planner Salary

Women comprise the majority of Meeting Planners in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $50K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Meeting Planners can bottom out near $37K or peak near $70K depending on individual performance. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Meeting Planners. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$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 (?
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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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Meeting Planners do not often transition into Senior Meeting Planner roles. The role averages $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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Meeting Planners who took the survey. Those who have experience with Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. The majority of those who know 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Meeting Planners who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,297

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

For Meeting Planners, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 26 percent above the national average. Meeting Planners will also find cushy salaries in 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. On the whole, employers pay 16 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Cincinnati and Denver.

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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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Budget Management
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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 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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