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While meeting professionals are satisfied with their career choice, salaries from last year to this year did not move much hovering around $70,000, according to 2012 salary survey conducted by Professional Convention Management Association's Convene magazine. The TRENDS 2012 Compensation Report shows a higher salary for association and nonprofit meeting directors.
Convene magazine found that the average salary for association meeting professionals is $68,346, compared with $72,887 for their corporate counterparts; $68,529 for government meeting professionals; and $72,092 for independent meeting professionals.
Meeting professionals in the New York metro area earn on average $80,114; $74,254 in metro Chicago; and $76,941 in the DC area.
Nearly 80 percent of respondents to the Convene survey say they are satisfied with their job choice.
In the TRENDS 2012 Compensation Report, a convention/meetings director earned on average $90,607; a convention/meetings manager earned $59,928; and an exhibits manager earned, on average, $63,466.
Both the Convene and TRENDS surveys found that directors are paid highest in the Northeast.