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Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner Salary Information

The salary statistics of meeting, convention, and event planners are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of meeting, convention, and event planners within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The meeting, convention, and event planners annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,390
25th Percentile Wage
$35,680
50th Percentile Wage
$48,290
75th Percentile Wage
$63,800
90th Percentile Wage
$82,980

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for meeting, convention, and event planners. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) meeting, convention, and event planners is $82,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $48,290. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,390. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 214% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of meeting, convention, and event planners from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$48,290
1.95% 5.14%
2016
$47,350
1.08% -
2015
$46,840
0.75% -
2014
$46,490
0.49% -
2013
$46,260
0.97% -
2012
$45,810
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Table 2. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of meeting, convention, and event planners in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for meeting, convention, and event planners occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $62,800. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $39,140).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Utilities
$62,800
Finance and Insurance
$59,570
Mining
$57,690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$55,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$55,650
Wholesale Trade
$54,190
Information
$52,260
Manufacturing
$51,930
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$50,720
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,350
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,040
Educational Services
$48,980
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,110
Construction
$46,310
Health Care and Social Assistance
$46,280
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$44,970
Accommodation and Food Services
$44,910
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$43,850
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$41,270
Retail Trade
$39,140

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners by States

From the above tables we note that not only meeting, convention, and event planners salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of meeting, convention, and event planners in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $21,650 to $64,540. The highest paying state for meeting, convention, and event planners is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $64,540. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,650. For more salary information of meeting, convention, and event planners profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$64,540
New Jersey
$59,030
New York
$56,900
Connecticut
$56,300
Alaska
$54,850
Maryland
$54,630
Massachusetts
$54,140
Minnesota
$53,670
Virginia
$52,940
California
$51,100
Hawaii
$50,300
Illinois
$49,830
Georgia
$48,710
Rhode Island
$48,250
Texas
$47,960
New Hampshire
$47,660
Delaware
$47,570
North Dakota
$47,510
Pennsylvania
$46,950
Oregon
$46,830
Indiana
$45,630
Missouri
$45,600
Nevada
$45,330
Colorado
$44,530
Vermont
$44,320
Nebraska
$44,260
Ohio
$44,200
Michigan
$44,170
Florida
$43,990
Maine
$43,880
Kansas
$43,150
North Carolina
$43,010
Wisconsin
$42,990
Iowa
$42,190
Arizona
$41,870
Alabama
$41,790
New Mexico
$40,780
Louisiana
$40,730
Tennessee
$40,350
Washington
$39,280
Wyoming
$39,150
Utah
$38,520
Arkansas
$38,150
Kentucky
$37,870
Oklahoma
$37,610
West Virginia
$37,480
Mississippi
$36,870
Montana
$36,380
Guam
$35,480
Idaho
$35,450
Virgin Islands
$35,400
South Carolina
$33,460
South Dakota
$32,850
Puerto Rico
$21,650



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