Event Planner Salary

Event Planners in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $44K per year for pay. Cash earnings for Event Planners — including $6K in bonuses and $19K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $29K to $73K depending on individual performance. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by over one-half. The majority of Event Planners claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,192 - $67,893

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$11.00 - $40.38

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,192 - $67,893  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,104  
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $19,000  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
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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$28,578 - $72,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,056
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $40.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46 - $10.66  
Overtime
$10.21 - $38.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,104  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$40.00 - $19,000  
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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$28,578 - $72,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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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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At the upper end, Event Planners who move into a Senior Event Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Event Managers is a much higher $65K per year.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner


Event Planners report using a large range of skills 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 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing and Customer Service. The majority of those 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.


Event Planners with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. For Event Planners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $57K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Event Planners in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Event Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), Boston (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). In Austin, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver and Houston (4 percent lower).

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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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Microsoft Office
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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
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
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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