Event Planner Salary

Most Event Planners in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $44K per year. Overall cash earnings for Event Planners stretch from $29K on the lower end to $74K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $7K from bonuses and $20K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by the greater part and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. The majority of Event Planners claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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 (?
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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 (?
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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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While not commonly seen, Event Planners who transition into a Senior Event Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Event Managers is $65K per year. Typical career progression for an Event Planner involves becoming an Event Manager or a Meeting & Convention Planner, roles that pay $4K more and $2K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner


Event Planners report using a deep pool 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 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing, Customer Service, and Sales. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 $50K. Event Planners with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,320

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

For those looking to make money, Event Planners in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Event Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+26 percent), Boston (+23 percent), Dallas (+21 percent), and Los Angeles (+20 percent). Event Planners' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Event Planners in Orlando bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. 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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