How Much Do Event Planners Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

Meeting, Convention and Event Planners coordinate activities of staff, convention personnel, or clients to make arrangements for group meetings, events, or conventions.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$55890 per year
Hourly wage
$27 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,240 to $38,460 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Meeting, Convention and Event Planners with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,240 to $38,460 per year or $14 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Meeting, Convention and Event Planners to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $42 $88,360
Senior (Top 25%) $32 $67,250
Middle (Mid 50%) $25 $51,560
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $38,460
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,240

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NJ $35 $72,760
NY $33 $69,550
DC $32 $67,340
RI $32 $67,010
WA $31 $65,460
CT $31 $64,290
MA $30 $62,780
VA $30 $62,020
CA $30 $61,950
HI $28 $58,460

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Meeting, Convention and Event Planner is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NJ doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NJ might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Event Planners are in the states of NJ, NY, DC, RI and WA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Software Publishers $87800 $42.21
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $84950 $40.84
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities $76400 $36.73
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $73150 $35.17
Other Information Services $72680 $34.94
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $72590 $34.90
Nondepository Credit Intermediation $70140 $33.72
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing $69900 $33.61
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services $69890 $33.60
Cable and Other Subscription Programming $69260 $33.30
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing $68110 $32.74
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $67820 $32.61
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $67670 $32.53
Insurance Carriers $67400 $32.40
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $66650 $32.04
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $66320 $31.89
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $65820 $31.64
Management of Companies and Enterprises $65720 $31.60
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services $65330 $31.41
Building Equipment Contractors $65270 $31.38
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $65260 $31.38
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $65180 $31.34
Scientific Research and Development Services $64740 $31.13
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $64530 $31.02
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets $64220 $30.88
Office Administrative Services $63890 $30.72
Legal Services $63890 $30.72
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses $63750 $30.65
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $63200 $30.38
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing $62820 $30.20

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