CMP benefits studied
Planners know that having the CMP designation can give them a boost over other candidates when searching for jobs, but it turns out it also gives them a salary boost once they have it. The Professional Convention Management Association conducted its annual salary survey, which revealed that the average salary of a meeting planner with CMP certification is $76,225, compared to $65,609 for planners without the designation. “The salary gap has widened between those that have earned their CMP and those that have not,” says Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP and Convention Industry Council’s CEO.
The Convention Industry Council is conducting another study on CMPs, called the 2012 CMP Census. It will look specifically at the careers of certified meeting professionals and the challenges of their jobs. “For the first time we’ll have comprehensive and accurate data on the CMP community…We’ll understand, more definitively, the purchasing power, interests and career challenges of CMP’s and how we can use that data to move the industry forward,” said Karen Gonzales, CMP, Chair of the Certified Meeting Professional Board of Directors.
The CIC hopes the findings will drive future education offerings, professional resources and industry standards, as well as inform employers and business partners on the benefits of doing business with or hiring a CMP. “This study will allow us to understand and articulate the diversity, significance and influence of the CMP, both inside and outside our professional spheres and our industry,” Gonzales added. Results of the 2012 CMP Census will be released this fall.