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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25,670
25th Percentile Wage
$34,790
50th Percentile Wage
$47,350
75th Percentile Wage
$63,140
90th Percentile Wage
$83,030

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 $83,030. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,670. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 223% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of meeting, convention, and event planners from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201647,3501.08%3.25%
201546,8400.75%-
201446,4900.49%-
201346,2600.97%-
201245,810--

Table 2. Meeting, Convention, and Event Planner Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of meeting, convention, and event planners in 17 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $58,340. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $36,640).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$58,340
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$55,000
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$53,700
Mining
$53,060
Wholesale Trade
$52,500
Information
$52,470
Transportation and Warehousing
$51,280
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$50,160
Manufacturing
$50,030
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,820
Educational Services
$48,110
Federal, State, and Local Government
$46,020
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,860
Accommodation and Food Services
$44,520
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$42,810
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$39,940
Retail Trade
$36,640

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 $21,730 to $65,580. The highest paying state for meeting, convention, and event planners is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $65,580. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,730. 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
$65,580
Connecticut
$59,940
New York
$57,840
Massachusetts
$56,570
New Jersey
$56,340
Virginia
$54,350
Maryland
$52,650
Hawaii
$50,990
Minnesota
$50,010
California
$49,790
Alaska
$49,180
Illinois
$48,750
North Dakota
$47,650
Texas
$47,460
Georgia
$47,380
Pennsylvania
$46,970
Washington
$46,480
Rhode Island
$46,460
Oregon
$46,080
New Hampshire
$46,020
Delaware
$45,650
Nevada
$45,260
Indiana
$44,970
New Mexico
$44,610
Missouri
$44,040
North Carolina
$43,600
Michigan
$43,350
Florida
$43,270
Kansas
$42,260
Iowa
$42,040
Wisconsin
$41,790
Nebraska
$41,570
Alabama
$41,470
Ohio
$41,330
Colorado
$41,230
Vermont
$40,250
Wyoming
$40,040
Montana
$38,990
Maine
$38,960
Kentucky
$38,520
Arizona
$38,430
Louisiana
$38,280
Guam
$37,560
Mississippi
$36,610
Tennessee
$36,140
West Virginia
$35,970
Arkansas
$35,780
Oklahoma
$35,520
Utah
$35,320
South Carolina
$34,060
Idaho
$32,680
South Dakota
$30,610
Puerto Rico
$21,730


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