Meeting, convention, and event planners
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Overview
Meeting, convention, and event planners coordinate all aspects of events and professional meetings. They arrange meeting locations, transportation, and other details.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for meeting, convention, and event planners are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 15,300 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Meeting, convention, and event planners are less likely to be automated than 81% of other careers.
Workforce size
Meeting, convention, and event planners, with 116,700 workers, form a larger workforce than 67% of careers.
Education
About 66% of meeting, convention, and event planners have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by meeting, convention, and event planners
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
More meeting, convention, and event planners have bachelor's degrees than 79% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for meeting, convention, and event planners is higher than 51% of all other jobs' middle salaries. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most meeting, convention, and event planners.
This job's median $49KAll jobs' median $39K$50K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 78% of meeting, convention, and event planners -- that's a larger percentage than 90% of other jobs.
Gender of meeting, convention, and event planners
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women meeting, convention, and event planners actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 17% of meeting, convention, and event planners are minority, and 9% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of meeting, convention, and event planners
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (9%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 55% of meeting, convention, and event planners, and 63% have company-sponsored health insurance (21% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for meeting, convention, and event planners
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
Top college degrees
Here are the top college degrees held by the 63% of people in this job who have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of degrees may link to multiple programs due to the way Census classifies college majors. Click on a program to learn more about career opportunities for people who major in that field.
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of meeting, convention, and event planners who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (89%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (57%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (51%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do meeting, convention, and event planners earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for meeting, convention, and event planners compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all meeting, convention, and event planners, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for meeting, convention, and event planners compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners (ACS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where meeting, convention, and event planners work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Meeting, convention, and event planners (ACS)
Private for-profit (58.6%)
Private not-for-profit (24.2%)
Local government (3.3%)
State government (4.7%)
Federal government (1.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (3.4%)
Self-employed not incorporated (4.2%)
Working without pay (0.0%)
Distribution: Salaries of meeting, convention, and event planners by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$47K$43K$46K$48K$43K$53K$37K$54K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of meeting, convention, and event planners by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$49K$47K$50K$48K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000State governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for meeting, convention, and event planners

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Meeting, convention, and event planners and gender

With 78% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 90% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Meeting, convention, and event planners
Men (22%)
Women (78%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

Although nationally the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%, in meeting, convention, and event planners, the median salary for women is 3% higher than the median salary for men. There are only 19 other jobs in which the median women's salary exceeds the median men's salary. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$48K$46K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWomenMen

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of meeting, convention, and event planners

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority meeting, convention, and event planners than for 60% of other careers. As with minority workers, there is also a smaller percentage of foreign-born workers in this career than in most other careers.

Race/origin of meeting, convention, and event planners
White (81% )
Black (10% )
Asian (3% )
Other (3% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
17%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
9%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$37K$44K$45K$47K$49K$51K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KOtherMultiracialHispanicWhiteAsianBlack
Distribution: Salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners by nativity
$47K$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by meeting, convention, and event planners

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), meeting, convention, and event planners typically hold a bachelor's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as meeting, convention, and event planners as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for meeting, convention, and event planners.

Education attained by meeting, convention, and event planners
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for meeting, convention, and event planners

Most meeting, convention, and event planners need a bachelor’s degree. Although some colleges offer degree programs in meeting and event management, other common fields of study include communications, business, and business management.

Planners who have studied meeting and event management or hospitality management may start out with greater responsibilities than those from other academic disciplines. Some colleges offer continuing education courses in meeting and event planning.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for meeting, convention, and event planners

The Events Industry Council offers the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential, a voluntary certification for meeting and convention planners. Although the CMP is not required, it is widely recognized in the industry and may help in career advancement. To qualify, candidates must have a minimum of 36 months of meeting management experience, recent employment in a meeting management job, and proof of continuing education credits. Those who qualify must then pass an exam that covers topics such as strategic planning, financial and risk management, facility operations and services, and logistics.

The Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) offers the Certified Government Meeting Professional (CGMP) designation for meeting planners who work for, or contract with, federal, state, or local government. This certification is not a requirement for those looking to work as a government meeting planner; however, it may be helpful for candidates who want to show that they know government purchasing policies and travel regulations. To qualify, candidates must have worked as a meeting planner for at least 1 year and have been a member of SGMP for 6 months. To become a certified planner, members must take a 3-day course and pass an exam.

Some organizations, including the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners and the Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants, offer voluntary certifications in wedding planning. Although not required, the certifications can be helpful in attracting clients and proving knowledge.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for meeting, convention, and event planners? Below we see the distribution of meeting, convention, and event planners salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as meeting, convention, and event planners, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$36K$41K$43K$47K$48K$52K$47K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KNone (1%)High School (9%)Some College (17%)Associate's Degree (7%)Bachelor's Degree (54%)Master's Degree (11%)Professional Deg/Doct (1%)
Bachelor's degree pathways
College majors held by meeting, convention, and event planners

This table shows the college majors held by people working as meeting, convention, and event planners. Select any degree to see detailed information. We are able to connect careers to degrees using the American Community Survey (ACS), and their degrees are defined a little differently from our programs, which are based on standard CIP classifications. Therefore, selecting some degrees will lead to a selection of CIP-level programs from which to choose.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Degree
Select any title to learn more about that degree
Percentage of Meeting, convention, and event planners with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
10.3%
$0$200K$56K
7.1%
$0$200K$60K
6.5%
$0$200K$48K
5.4%
$0$200K$63K
4.3%
$0$200K$53K
2.4%
$0$200K$54K
2.4%
$0$200K$57K
1.6%
$0$200K$51K
1.5%
$0$200K$60K
1.4%
$0$200K$73K
1.4%
$0$200K$63K
1.4%
$0$200K$55K
1.4%
$0$200K$47K
The link between degrees and careers
The link between degrees and careers

With the following "sankey" diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as meeting, convention, and event planners, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. This visualization links fields of studies and careers, suggesting both similar careers and options for degrees. The full list of bachelor's degrees held by meeting, convention, and event planners given in the previous section reminds us that there are many paths to these careers beyond what we can summarize here.

This job
Top 10 majors
Each major's top ten jobs
Managers (specialized areas)Marketing and sales managersElementary and middle school teachersWholesale and manufacturing sales representativesCustomer service representativesHuman resources workersSecretaries and administrative assistantsFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersLawyers, judges, and magistratesRetail salespersonsAccountants and auditorsFinancial managersChief executives and legislatorsFirst-line supervisors of non-retail sales workersMarket research analysts and marketing specialistsService sales representativesFood service managersGeneral and operations managersLodging managersMeeting, convention, and event plannersCounselorsSocial workersPsychologistsPostsecondary teachersPhysicians and surgeonsEducation administratorsSecondary school teachersEditorsWriters and authorsPhysical therapistsRecreation and fitness workersAthletes, coaches, umpires, and related workersRegistered nursesPublic Relations SpecialistsManagement analystsCommunicationsBusiness Management andAdministrationMarketingHospitality ManagementGeneral BusinessPsychologyEnglish Language andLiteraturePhysical Fitness, Parks,Recreation, and LeisureAdvertising and PublicRelationsPolitical Science andGovernmentAll other degrees
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for meeting, convention, and event planners

What jobs will most meeting, convention, and event planners hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of meeting, convention, and event planners reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Meeting, convention, and event plannersManagers (specialized areas)Personal care and service workersMarketing and sales managersEducation administratorsFood service managersOffice and administrative support workersGeneral office clerksSocial and community service managersFirst-line supervisors of gaming workersChief executives and legislatorsWaiters and waitressesRecreation and fitness workersReal estate managersPublic relations and fundraising managersAdministrative services managersReservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for meeting, convention, and event planners

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as meeting, convention, and event planners as well as 1% of respondents after working as meeting, convention, and event planners. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for meeting, convention, and event planners
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
Education administrators
45,800
$0$200K$68K
Food service managers
37,100
$0$200K$37K
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
Personal care and service workers
14,700
$0$200K$25K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for meeting, convention, and event planners: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as meeting, convention, and event planners? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of meeting, convention, and event planners surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for meeting, convention, and event planners
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Cashiers
659,300
$0$200K$20K
1.6%
Secretaries and administrative assistants
395,200
$0$200K$36K
2.9%
Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
389,900
$0$200K$28K
3.4%
General office clerks
356,600
$0$200K$33K
1.4%
General and operations managers
210,700
$0$200K$67K
1.1%
First-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers
153,100
$0$200K$48K
1.5%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
4.0%
Market research analysts and marketing specialists
78,300
$0$200K$63K
1.2%
Designers
61,700
$0$200K$51K
1.3%
Marketing and sales managers
57,800
$0$200K$74K
3.1%
Education administrators
45,800
$0$200K$68K
1.4%
Food service managers
37,100
$0$200K$37K
1.1%
Education, training, and library workers (specialized areas)
31,000
$0$200K$53K
1.6%
Chief executives and legislators
24,000
$0$200K$96K
1.9%
Meeting, convention, and event planners
15,300
$0$200K$47K
27.9%
Personal care and service workers
14,700
$0$200K$25K
1.6%
Sales workers
14,200
$0$200K$51K
1.1%
No occupation
10.9%
Read about meeting, convention, and event planners
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Meeting, convention, and event planners typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients to understand the purpose of the meeting or event
  • Plan the scope of the event, including its time, location, and cost
  • Solicit bids from venues and service providers
  • Inspect venues to ensure that they meet the client’s requirements
  • Coordinate event services such as rooms, transportation, and food service
  • Monitor event activities to ensure that the client and the attendees are satisfied
  • Review event bills and approve payments

Meeting, convention, and event planners organize a variety of events, including weddings, educational conferences, and business conventions. They coordinate every detail of these events, including finances. Before planning a meeting, for example, planners will meet with clients to estimate attendance and determine the meeting’s purpose. During the event, they handle logistics, such as registering guests and organizing audiovisual equipment. After the meeting, they make sure that all vendors are paid, and they may survey attendees to obtain feedback on the event.

Meeting, convention, and event planners search for potential meeting sites, such as hotels and convention centers. They consider the lodging and services that the facility can provide, how easy it will be for people to get there, and the attractions that the surrounding area has to offer. Planners may also consider whether an online meeting can achieve the same objectives as a meeting that requires attendees to gather in a physical location.

Once a location is selected, planners arrange the meeting space and support services, such as catering and interpreters. They negotiate contracts with suppliers and coordinate plans with the venue’s staff. They may also organize speakers, entertainment, and activities.

The following are examples of types of meeting, convention, and event planners:

Meeting planners plan large meetings for organizations. Healthcare meeting planners specialize in organizing meetings and conferences for healthcare professionals. Corporate planners organize internal business meetings and meetings between businesses. These events may be in person or online, held either within corporate facilities, or offsite to include more people.

Convention planners plan conventions and conferences for organizations. Association planners organize annual conferences and trade shows for professional associations. Convention service managers work for hotels and convention centers. They act as liaisons between the meeting facility and the planners who work for associations, businesses, and governments. They present food service options to outside planners, coordinate special requests, and suggest hotel services that work within a planner’s budget.

Event planners arrange the details of a variety of events. Wedding planners are the most well known, but event planners also coordinate celebrations such as anniversaries, reunions, and other large social events, as well as corporate events, including product launches, galas, and award ceremonies. Nonprofit event planners plan large events with the goal of raising donations for a charity or advocacy organization. Events may include banquets, charity races, and food drives.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of meeting, convention, and event planners? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Communication skills
Meeting, convention, and event planners communicate with clients, suppliers, and event staff. They must have excellent written and oral communication skills to convey the needs of their clients effectively.
Interpersonal skills
Meeting, convention, and event planners must establish and maintain positive relationships with clients and suppliers. Often, a given area has a limited number of vendors, and meeting, convention, and event planners will likely need them for future events.
Negotiation skills
Meeting, convention, and event planners must be able to negotiate service contracts for events. They need to secure quality products and services at reasonable prices for their clients.
Organizational skills
Meeting, convention, and event planners must multitask, pay attention to details, and meet tight deadlines in order to provide high-quality meetings. Many meetings are planned more than a year in advance, so long-term thinking is vital.
Problem-solving skills
Meeting, convention, and event planners must be able to develop creative solutions that satisfy clients. They must be able to recognize potential problems and identify solutions in advance.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) salary for meeting, convention, and event planners was higher than 51% of all other jobs' middle salaries. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

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Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for meeting, convention, and event planners are anticipated to grow by 11% over the next decade; only 23% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for meeting, convention, and event planners is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most meeting, convention, and event planners? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as meeting, convention, and event planners. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where meeting, convention, and event planners earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for meeting, convention, and event planners.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
In-state comparisions
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Median salary ratio: Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which meeting, convention, and event planners earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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How should the career similarity be computed

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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