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Meeting Planner Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Meeting Planners in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $49K annually. Overall cash earnings for Meeting Planners stretch from $36K on the lower end to $70K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $8K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$36,564 - $68,384
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$68K
MEDIAN: $49,142
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$14.76 - $31.17
(Median)
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,564 - $68,384  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,513  
Profit Sharing
$997 - $8,241  
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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$36,130 - $70,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $31.17  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $38.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,513  
   
Profit Sharing
$997 - $8,241  
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).
)
$36,130 - $70,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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 some Meeting Planners move into positions like Senior Meeting Planner (where the average salary is $65K), this progression is not the norm. Many Meeting Planners go on to become Meeting & Convention Planners or Event Managers despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $4K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Meeting Planner


Meeting Planners typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Budget Management, Contract Negotiation, and Event Planning can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Budget Management are also skilled in 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $44K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. Meeting Planners see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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


With a pay rate for Meeting Planners that is 26 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Meeting Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+25 percent), Philadelphia (+18 percent), Alexandria (+14 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and Atlanta (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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 104 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
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%