Are you earning as much as you
deserve? While 67 percent of the respondents to
M&C’s 2007 Salary Survey are somewhat or extremely
satisfied with their compensation, 76 percent of the 554 corporate
and association planners who weighed in did say more money would
make them happier.
One of the best ways to argue for a
raise is to steer the conversation away from emotions and come
armed with statistics. To help fill your arsenal,
M&C’s report looks at the base pay, bonuses, benefits,
satisfaction levels and more of corporate and association meeting
planners around the country.
The good news: Base salaries are up
since our 2005 survey, by 10 percent for association planners and
16 percent for corporate planners. One reason for this jump might
be attributed to planners’ experience, which is deeper in this
year’s survey. Two years ago, our respondents had been in the
business on average about 12 years; this year, both corporate and
association planners have been working on meetings for 14
To compile this information,
M&C turned to San Diego-based CIC Research, which
conducted an online survey this past spring. The independent
market-research firm then analyzed responses from 352 corporate
planners and 202 of their association colleagues.
The difference between the base
salaries in the industry’s two segments has widened, with corporate
planners now making in excess of $10,000 more than association
planners; that gap was only about $6,000 in 2005.
Both the corporate and association
worlds have aged a bit. In 2005, the average age for both sides was
44 years old. The average age for the corporate planners in the
2007 sample is 46, and the average age for the association planner
The percentage of Certified Meeting
Professionals has risen, while the percentage of planners who have
received the Certification in Meeting Management has fallen. The
number of corporate planners with a CMP went from 19 percent to 24
percent; for association planners, that number went from 23 percent
to 26 percent. Just 2 percent of the corporate sample have earned
the CMM designation, compared with 4 percent in 2005, and just one
person from the association sample, compared with 1 percent two
years ago. Just over 2 percent of the association planners surveyed
are Certified Association Executives.
Holding a certification can make a big
difference in take-home pay. Corporate CMPs make an average of
$79,462, $7,500 more than the overall average, and those with their
CMM earn an average of $91,429. Association CMPs take home an
average of $71,011.
The following pages offer an in-depth
look at salary breakdowns, planners’ stress levels, benefits and