EXPERIENCE COUNTS Sixty-one percent of respondents are age 40 and older.
WOMEN RULE A majority of respondents (85 per- cent) are female. While men are in the minority, their take-home pay is higher: $81,161 on average, compared to wom- en’s average annual salary of $69,408.
WELL-SCHOOLED More than half of respondents (54 percent) have at least a college degree, while 14 percent have an advanced degree.
CERTIFICATION MATTERS More than half (51 percent) of respon- dents have earned the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation; 3 percent have earned their CAE (Certi- fied Association Executive); 3 percent have earned a CMM (Certification in Meeting Management); and 2 percent are Certified Government Meeting Pro- fessionals (CGMP). The average salary for those respondents with a CMP was $76,225, compared to $65,609 for those without the CMP designation.
MANAGEMENT POTENTIAL More than one-third of respondents (36 percent) are managers, followed by directors (27 percent). Five percent are at the VP level; 3 percent are CEOs; and 4 percent are owners. Nearly half (49 percent) of respondents supervise a staff, and 23 percent of them supervise one or two employees.
Nearly half (49 percent) work an aver- age of between 41 and 50 hours a week; 17 percent log in 51 to 60 hours weekly.
STAYING THE SAME IS OKAY The average salary for all respondents in 2012 was $71,038, down from an average 2011 salary of $72,091. But nearly half (45 percent) of respondents report that they are satisfied with their current salary.
LOOKING AHEAD Fewer respondents reported that their salaries decreased in 2012 (3 percent vs. 4 percent in 2011) or their salaries remained flat (23 percent vs. 29 per- cent in 2011). For those who received an increase in pay — 54 percent — 76 percent said it was due to a regular sal- ary increase. Of those who received pay raises, most reported raises of less than 5 percent. Fourteen percent expect pay increases later this year, and 52 percent expect pay increases in 2013.
SATISFIED WITH THEIR LOT The majority (66 percent) of respon- dents are satisfied with their specific jobs, and 79 percent said that they are satisfied with the meetings profession in general.
CONCENTRATED GROUPS Respondents work at locations throughout North America; they were most likely to be based in the Washing- ton, D.C. area (21 percent), followed by the Chicago market (14 percent) and the New York City region (6 percent). Fifty-seven percent of respondents live and work in other areas of North America.
A SLIGHT UPSWING The average salary change in 2012 over 2011: a 2.26-percent increase, about the same uptick as last year.