Event Planner Salary

The larger portion of Event Planners in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $44K per year. Overall compensation packages to Event Planners range from $28K on the low end to $73K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $6K and profit sharing that approaches $13K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $24K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Event Planners is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,183 - $67,873
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,030
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$10.88 - $40.29
(Median)
$11
$17
$40
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,183 - $67,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$30.64 - $12,723  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,240  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,494 - $72,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,037
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.88 - $40.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46 - $10.74  
Overtime
$9.93 - $39.09  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,240  
Profit Sharing
$30.64 - $12,723  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,494 - $72,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 427
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Job Description for Event Planner

An event planner organizes and facilitates special events, large gatherings, and functions that are often of a celebratory nature. The events planner may be employed by a large corporation that frequently holds such functions for employees or clients. It is often common that businesses in the hospitality industry also have their own event planner on staff to help individuals and businesses execute these special gatherings.

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Event Planner Tasks

  • Coordinate transportation and parking, location support, arrangement of decor and furniture, and emergency support.
  • Identify and secure venues for events in addition to acquiring permits.
  • Determine logistics, including food and beverage needs and establish date(s) and alternate dates for event.

Common Career Paths for Event Planner


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Event Planners may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Event Manager, where median compensation is $65K annually.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, Project Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing, Customer Service, and Sales. Most people who know Event Management also know Budget Management and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level for Event Planner

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Event Planners, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. Event Planners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Event Planners in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Event Planners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Dallas (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries





Marketing Communications
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National Average
$43,000

Organizing
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Sales
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Customer Service
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Social Media Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 245 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 31%
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