According to the annual Salary Survey conducted by Convene, the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) industry leading magazine, event organizers received an average income increase of nearly seven percent in the last year. That’s more than twice the North American average.
Survey respondents also reported working long hours; nearly one quarter said they clock in more than 50 hours a week. Although many of the 600 planners participating in the survey expressed discontent with the long hours and subsequent stress, seven out of 10 said they were satisfied with their jobs.
“We think that speaks volumes about the passion and dedication event organizers bring to their work,” said Michelle Russell, the editor in chief of Convene. Market research firm Lewis&Clark conducted the survey, which was sponsored by empowerMINT.com, in March and April of 2018.
Key findings from Convene’s annual Salary Survey include:
- 72 percent of respondents received an increase in pay within the last 12 months, three points down from last year’s survey, in which 75 percent of respondents got a pay raise.
- Less than half (42 percent) reported that their salary increased by less than 5 percent; 15 percent said it increased by 5 to 9.9 percent; and 14 percent received increases of more than 10 percent.
- The average salary for meeting professionals with 1–3 years of experience is $53,788; 4–5 years, $62,750; 6–8 years, $70,746; 9–10 years, $75,714; and 10-plus years, $93,352.
- Respondents with a CMP earned on average more than $10,500 a year than their colleagues without the designation: Their average pay was $89,627 compared to an overall average salary of $79,013.