Meetings & Conventions • mcmag.com 17 August 2014
By Sarah J.F. Braley
It has been 21 years since M&C began survey- ing meeting professionals to analyze trends in compensation and job satisfaction. The news this year: Since our last survey in 2010, corporate salaries are essentially unchanged
at $75,969, while association planner pay dipped
by about 2 percent to $73,741. Overall, planners
earn an average base pay of $72,729 per year.
The gender-based pay gap is a gulf: Men earn
about $30,000 more than female planners each
year, although they tend to be a few years older,
with more experience and longer hours (see our
breakdown by job type, page 20).
One-third of respondents say they are less satisfied with their jobs this year than last (page 18).
Among other findings: Compensation for
those who hold the Certified Meeting Professional designation continues to inch up (page 18).
This year, 34 percent of the 413 respondents are
CMPs, up slightly from 32 percent in 2012. Those
who are CMP-certified take home, on average,
$77,986 per year, significantly higher than the
$67,851 earned by planners who are not CMPs.
CORPORATE ASSOCIATION INDEPENDENT/ THIRD PART Y GOVERNMENT/ LEGAL/ UNIVERSITY TOTAL
Average base salary $75,969 $73,741 $71,161 $59,950 $72,729
Years as a planner
14. 5 15 17 16 15
Hours worked per week
Certified Meeting Professionals 33% 44% 41% 24% 34%
Source: Meetings & Conventions’ 2014 Salary Survey
M&C’s exclusive research on planner
compensation, job satisfaction and more