Want To Be An Event Planner?

There are growing career opportunities in the meeting and event industry. Here's how to get in the door.

$58,787 — $71,115
15 to 19 years $62,134 — $71,344
More than 19 years $63,818 — $118,881
Average compensation by title:
Meeting Coordinator, Specialist $41,500 — $47,113
Meeting Planner $50,952 — $55,981

Conference Manager, Meeting Manager $54,589 — $65,951
Independent Planner, Consultant $55,000 — $64,231
SOURCE: The Meeting Professional’s 2002 Salary Survey with a +/- 3% confidence level

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

  • 81% of planners surveyed don’t fear losing their job
  • A combined 95% have moderate or high job satisfaction
  • Almost half say they recently saw an increase in their rate of pay
  • On average, planners in the Northeast make more money than those in other parts of the country
  • 30% have earned Certified Meeting Professional designations

INDUSTRIES OFFERING THE BESTPAY FOR MEETING PROFESSIONALS
Annual Mean Wage

Power generation and supply $66,550
Communications equipment mfg. $61,570
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. $58,730
Pharmaceutical and medicine mfg. $56,620
Electronic markets and agents and brokers $56,420
November 2003, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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