by Michael J. Shapiro | November 25, 2009

Total compensation declined by 5.6 percent in 2009 among corporate travel and meetings managers, according to the 2009 Travel Management Compensation and Benefits Survey conducted by the NBTA Foundation. The foundation, which is the education and research wing of the National Business Travel Association, surveyed 274 corporate travel and meetings managers working in the U.S. and Canada. While the average base salary actually increased by 2.1 percent this year, the total compensation, including salaries and bonuses, dropped to $91,954. Respondents with the title of vice president actually realized a year-over-year compensation increase, an average 8.7 percent, to $121,900. Most other job titles, however, saw a decrease in compensation; coordinators/specialists were hit the hardest, with a 14.2 percent average decrease, to $51,348. In addition to travel management responsibilities, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents are involved in meeting planning. NBTA members can access the full report at