The median annual wage of meeting, convention, and event planners was $45,260 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,090, and the top 10 percent earned more than $76,840.
In May 2010, median annual wages in industries employing the largest numbers of meeting, convention, and event planners were as follows:
|Business, professional, labor and political organizations||$49,730|
|Grantmaking and giving services||49,330|
|Other support services, including trade show organizers||45,560|
|Colleges, universities and professional schools||44,360|
|Hotels and motels||43,030|
Most meeting, convention, and event planners work full time. In addition, many are required to work long, irregular hours in the time leading up to a major event. During meetings or conventions, planners may work very long days, starting early in the morning and working late into the evening. Sometimes, they must work on weekends.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition