Meeting Planner Salary

Most Meeting Planners in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $52K annually. Total cash compensation to Meeting Planners approaches anywhere from $39K on the lower end to $76K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. For the most part, Meeting Planners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,209 - $73,629
$39K
$52K
$74K
MEDIAN: $51,644
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$13.40 - $53.33
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$22
$53
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,209 - $73,629  
   
Bonus
$482.88 - $6,698  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $6,106  
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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$39,252 - $76,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.40 - $53.33  
   
Overtime
$18.91 - $45.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$482.88 - $6,698  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $6,106  
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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$39,252 - $76,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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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There are some Meeting Planners — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Meeting Planners, where earnings are an average $66K annually. However, it's more common for Meeting Planners to move into roles as Meeting & Convention Planners or Meeting Managers.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Survey results show that Meeting Planners typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, Event Planning, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Event Management. Most people skilled in Budget Management are similarly competent in Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Meeting Planner

Pay by Experience for a Meeting Planner has a positive trend. An entry-level Meeting Planner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 95 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Meeting Planner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 93 salaries. An experienced Meeting Planner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 86 salaries. A Meeting Planner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,366

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

For those looking to make money, Meeting Planners in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Meeting Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+16 percent), New York (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). With compensation 19 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and St. Louis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Meeting Planner Salaries

▲16%

▲15%

▼0%

National Average
$52,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Meeting Planner Salaries




National Average
$52,000

Event Management
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 14%
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