Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

June 04 2015

More Work, More Pay: Meeting Professionals’ Salaries Continue To Rise


More Work, More Pay: Meeting Professionals’ Salaries Continue To Rise

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

According to PCMA Convene’s 2015 Annual Salary Survey, nearly 80 percent of meeting professionals have earned a significant pay raise — an average increase of 7 percent — within the last year.

CHICAGO, IL, June 5, 2015 - This month, PCMA Convene magazine published the results of its annual Salary Survey, which has served as an industry benchmark for several decades. The results of this year’s survey — completed by 340 association, corporate, and independent meeting professionals in March — reveal that their average salary is nearly $81,000, compared to under $76,000 in last year’s survey.

“Meeting professionals told us that they earned higher increases in this year’s survey than in last year’s survey,” said Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell. “Only 3 percent said that their salaries decreased within the last year.”

This year’s results proved once again that it pays to earn a CMP: Those with the designation earned on average $85,793 — more than $10,500 a year more than their counterparts without a CMP.

“In addition to our standard survey questions,” Russell said, “this year, we asked planners what factors go into determining their compensation, such as number of meetings they plan, size or scale of their largest meeting, the number of staff who report to them, and post-meeting metrics. Not surprisingly, nearly 40 percent of them said their salary was based in part on the number of meetings they plan each year.”

And while meeting professionals may be bringing home a bigger paycheck, it doesn’t come easy. The majority of them said that they have had additional responsibilities added to their job description this year. They also work long hours: The average workweek for all respondents is 46 hours, with nearly a quarter logging in more than 50 hours per week.

Full salary results are available here.


About PCMA
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,700+ 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.