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Event Planner Salary (United States)

Women account for the majority of Event Planners in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $44K annually. The range in cash compensation to Event Planners (largely between $28K and $72K) includes potential earnings of $7K from bonuses, $9K from profit sharing, and commissions of $21K in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over a half. The majority of Event Planners claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Event Planner Salary (?
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$30,223 - $66,566
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MEDIAN: $43,917
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Event Planner Salary (?
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$10.66 - $39.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,223 - $66,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $9,123  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,511  
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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$28,363 - $71,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,014
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $39.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28 - $11.04  
Overtime
$10.10 - $40.16  
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 - $6,500  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,511  
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $9,123  
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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$28,363 - $71,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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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 who transition into an upper level Event Manager position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. Event Managers typically make $47K a year.

Event Planner Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Event Planner

Survey results imply that Event Planners put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Project Management, Budget Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing and Organizing. Most people experienced in 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. For Event Planners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $58K. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, more than half land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 37 percent, Event Planners in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and Orlando also offer top salaries for Event Planners. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 24 percent, 23 percent, 15 percent, and 14 percent more, respectively. Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (5 percent less) and Houston (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries

Event Planning
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National Average
$43,000
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Social Media Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%