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.

$38,359 - $71,635
$38K
$51K
$72K
MEDIAN: $51,033
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50%
90%

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$14.19 - $51.06
$14
$22
$51
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,359 - $71,635  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $7,096  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
Total Pay (?
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$37,930 - $73,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 239
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$98.63 - $7,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$37,930 - $73,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Meeting Planner


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Meeting Planners do not often transition into Senior Meeting Planner roles. The role averages $66K per year. A more common career path for Meeting Planners is stepping into the role of Meeting & Convention Planner or Meeting Manager.

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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

National Average: $51,532

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

Meeting Planner Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Meeting Planner?

Meeting Planner in Boston:
Pros: It is extremely satisfying to see an event come together. I love that the work I do has an end goal, and a finish date. That can make it stressful, as there is no room to delay or push off a project, so you must have every detail work out or else everything could fall apart. At my organization in particular, we have a ton of work flexibility. The leadership and board of directors trusts their workers, and are extremely understanding about the lives we have outside of work. We also have a very talented and hardworking group of individuals for the most part.
Cons: Long hours, and very little pay. We take on too many projects. While we are good at decided to try new things, we don't know how to stop doing other things to free up space for innovation. And so, we just add things to an already overloaded plate. Staff here work long hours, and we have a very high turnover rate (40%). Every time someone leaves, the few who stay behind end up picking up their work and doing double. When people speak up about feeling overwhelmed, the answer is never to rethink our priorities and takes things off of our plates, but to just adjust due dates...or ignore the issue.

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Key Stats for Meeting Planner

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Meeting Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Meeting Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000

Event Management
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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