2018 Salary Survey: Does Your Pay Measure Up?

Meeting planners have been well compensated this year, according to M&C's 2018 Salary Survey. Average salaries have increased by a healthy 8 percent since the biennial study was last conducted in 2016. Corporate planners drove the change, reporting an 18 percent jump in pay, from $79,231 two years ago to $93,719 in 2018.

Association planners have seen a modest 2 percent uptick, from $73,187 in 2016 to $74,622 this year, while earnings by third-party planners have risen by 4 percent, from $71,628 to $74,248. Overall, planners today earn an average base salary of $81,148.

The gender pay gap is still wide, but it has narrowed somewhat: Female meeting planners earn 89 cents on the male dollar this year, up from 75 cents in 2016.

To gather the data, M&C conducted an online survey this spring, compiling statistics from a total of 454 respondents, with help from members of our job-bank partner, MeetingJobs.com. The findings for government/legal/university planners has a somewhat higher margin of error than those in the corporate, association and third-party segments, due to lower response rates in the category.