Event Planner Salary

Most Event Planners in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $44K per year. Overall compensation packages to Event Planners range from $29K on the low end to $74K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $7K and profit sharing that approaches $20K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $21K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although more than half have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, just under a third claim no health benefits at all. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,169 - $68,634
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,447
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$11.11 - $39.75
(Median)
$11
$17
$40
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$30,169 - $68,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $20,322  
Commission
$480.47 - $20,781  
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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$28,511 - $73,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.11 - $39.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48 - $10.39  
Overtime
$9.79 - $39.09  
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 - $6,500  
   
Commission
$480.47 - $20,781  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $20,322  
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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$28,511 - $73,824  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 486
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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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It's not very common for Event Planners to move on to become Senior Event Managers. Average pay for a Senior Event Manager is $65K annually. It is quite typical for Event Planners to transition into roles as Event Managers or Meeting & Convention Planners, where reported median earnings are $4K and $2K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, Project Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing, Customer Service, and Sales. 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.


Event Planners do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Event Planners make a median salary of $54K. Event Planners with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,320

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Event Planners, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Event Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+23 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Compared to the national average, Orlando Event Planners have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Workers in Miami and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries





Microsoft Office
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Marketing Communications
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$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 239 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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