Event Planner Salary (United States)

Women make up the vast majority of Event Planners in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $43,414 per year. Compensation ranges from $28,363 on the low end to $71,646 per year on the high end. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Event Planners—as high as $6,500, $9,123 and $21K, respectively—each contribute to the degree of variability within cash compensation, ranging from $30,223 to $66,566. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession—around one third—do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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 do not experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. Oftentimes, an upper-level role like Event Manager will not bring in more money than some lower-level roles.

Event Planner Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Event Planner

Survey results suggest that Event Planners put a wide range of professional skills 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing and Organizing. Most people skilled in Event Management are similarly competent in 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 many Event Planners, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $39K, increasing to $49K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $53K after 10 to 20 years. Though minimal, Event Planners continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $58K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Event Planners will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Orlando (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Denver and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-5 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries

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$43,000
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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%
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