2016 Salary Survey

2016 Salary Survey opener

M&C conducted an online survey in June-July 2016, compiling statistics with the help of Arlington, Va.-based research firm Bear Analytics. Results are based on a total of 340 responses. Note: The findings for independent/third-party planners and government/legal/university planners have a somewhat higher margin of error, due to lower response rates from planners in those smaller market segments.

In this election year, many candidates have spoken about how corporations are raking in money, but worker salaries aren't keeping up. The good news from M&C's biennial Salary Survey shows 51 percent of the 340 respondents already received a raise this year, while 31 percent got one last year.

The average corporate planner salary has increased by 4 percent, from $75,969 in 2014 to $79,231 in 2016. The average association planner salary was essentially unchanged, from $73,741 two years ago to $73,187 this year. Combined, planners today earn an average base salary of $75,171. But mind the gender pay gap: Female meeting planners earn 75 cents on the male dollar.

In addition to the following highlights, a new online tool, the M&C Salary Survey Interactive Dashboard, invites you play with the numbers for deeper insights into the data. Go to mcmag.com/salary-interactive to explore. This one-of-a-kind proprietary platform, created in partnership with Bear Analytics, lets users set parameters to see salary ranges for job types, geographical regions and much more.

And, for more personal insights from survey respondents, visit mcmag.com/salary-feedback.