The BLS reports the median annual wage for meeting, convention and event planners was $45,810 in 2012. The best-paid 10 percent in the field made $79,270, while the bottom 10 percent made $26,560. The highest-paid in the profession work on the East Coast in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, N.Y., Bridgeport, Conn., and Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Average Meeting, Convention and Event Planner Pay vs. Other Best Jobs
This job earns a salary in the mid-40s, which is comparable to the salaries of insurance agents ($48,150) and executive assistants($47,500). Other jobs that include a lot of problem-solving and require a knack for dealing with people (in other words, the responsibilities a meeting planner must juggle) have varied salaries. For example, a human resources specialist earns $55,800, while a business operations manager makes almost $95,440 per year.
Best Paying Cities for Event Planners
The highest paid in the meeting, convention and event planner profession work in the metropolitan areas of Nassau, New York, Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Poughkeepsie, New York. The Daytona Beach, Florida area also pays well, as does the city of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of professional meetings and events. They choose meeting locations, arrange transportation, and coordinate other details.
Event planners spend most of their time in offices. They also work onsite at hotels or convention centers, and they often travel to attend events and visit prospective meeting sites. During meetings or conventions, planners may work very long hours.