For meeting planners, it pays to earn a CMP. That’s among the findings of PCMA Convene’s annual salary survey, one that meeting professionals use to measure their own incomes against.
The PayScale 2013 Compensation Best Practices Report is based on a survey completed by 328 association, corporate and independent meeting professionals. It found that certified meeting planners earn an average of $14,308 more than their non-certified colleagues. It also showed that overall earnings are up almost 10 percent from a year ago.
Eighty-five percent of all companies plan to give raises this year, according to the report. In a previous survey, 75 percent of respondents said they’d either received or expected to receive a pay increase in 2013. Other highlights:
- The average salary is $77,711 (up from $71,038 in 2012).
- 75 percent of respondents are CMP certified and earn an average salary of $84,865 (compared with $70,557 for those not certified).
- 50 percent said they are satisfied with their salary.
- 86 percent are satisfied with the meetings profession as a whole.
The complete survey can be reviewed HERE.