Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 19 2013

It Pays to Earn The CMP


Contact: Carolyn Clark
Direct: 312.423.7271, E-mail: cclark@pcma.org  

According to PCMA Convene’s Annual Salary Survey, the average salary for meeting professionals who earned their CMP is $14,308 more than for those without the designation.

CHICAGO, IL, June 20, 2013 - This month, PCMA Convene magazine published the results of its annual Salary Survey, which meeting professionals have referred to each year to benchmark their own earnings. The results of this year’s survey — completed by 328 association, corporate, and independent meeting professionals in March — reveal that they earn nearly 10 percent more than last year.

The average salary for all respondents in 2013 is $77,711, up from an average 2012 salary of $71,038 reported in last year’s Salary Survey. More than three-quarters of respondents have earned the CMP designation and bring home an average salary of $84,865 — compared to $70,557 for those without the designation. “There can be no greater proof that the CMP designation carries weight in this industry,” said Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell. “It’s one of the reasons why we publish the CMP Series in Convene each month, to help readers earn credit hours toward earning or re-qualifying for the CMP certification.”

Nearly half of respondents say they are satisfied with their current salary — and 86 percent expressed satisfaction with the meetings profession as a whole. Survey participants also weighed in on what they like best and least about their jobs. “This year’s results indicate that the profession continues to gain ground,” Russell said, “and not only in terms of compensation. On balance, participants’ comments reveal a sense of accomplishment in that they play a key role in their organizations’ overall success.”

Full results of the survey.

About Professional Convention Management Association 
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,000+ members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization's face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at pcma.org