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PCMA 2015 Annual Salary Survey: Meeting Pros Earn More


Posted by Kevin Iwamoto on 07/29/2015

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The Meetings industry is definitely “over” the negative impact of the last recession. If you want more tangible proof, just read the results of PCMA Convene magazine’s 2015 Annual Salary Survey.

According to the survey, nearly 80 percent of meeting professionals have earned a significant pay raise — an average increase of 7 percent — within the last year.
This year’s survey was completed by 340 association, corporate and independent meeting professionals in March. And there’s great news for meeting professional planners — 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 once again validate that it pays to earn a CMP. Those respondents with the designation earned (on average) $85,793 — which is $10,500 a year more than their counterparts without a CMP.

Clearly, all of this is great news. But like anything, companies rarely pay their employees more without getting something back in return. In the case of meeting professionals, the majority of them said that they have had additional responsibilities added to their job description this year. And they’re also working longer hours: The average work week for all respondents was 46 hours, with nearly a quarter of them logging in more than 50 hours per week.

And remember — being a meeting planner is one of the top 10 most stressful jobs in the world, on the same list as police officer and military general!
 
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