Event Planner Salary

Event Planners in the United States take home an average $45K annually. The final incomes of Event Planners generally vary between $29K and $74K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $10K, $19K, and $23K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Event Planners (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,324 - $69,647
$30K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,039
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50%
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$11.66 - $35.53
$12
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.79
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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
$30,324 - $69,647  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,921  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $19,392  
Commission
$750 - $22,976  
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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$29,229 - $73,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 764
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $35.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31 - $18.33  
Overtime
$13.88 - $43.65  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,921  
   
Commission
$750 - $22,976  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $19,392  
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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$29,229 - $73,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 345
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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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

  • Determine logistics, including food and beverage needs and establish date(s) and alternate dates for event.
  • Identify and secure venues for events in addition to acquiring permits.
  • Coordinate transportation and parking, location support, arrangement of decor and furniture, and emergency support.

Common Career Paths for Event Planner


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Though some Event Planners move into positions like Senior Event Manager (where the average salary is $66K), this progression is not the norm. Event Planners moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Event Managers or Meeting & Convention Planners. The median paychecks in those roles are $5K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner


Event Planners seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, Project Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 13 percent and 20 percent. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Sales also typically command lower compensation. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Event Planners — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. Event Planners who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $55K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

31%

28%

22%

16%

-4%

-5%

-5%

-6%

-13%

National Average: $43,893

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

Event Planners will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+31 percent), Boston (+28 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Phoenix (6 percent less).

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Key Stats for Event Planner

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries

▲24%

▲20%

▲14%

National Average
$44,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries





Oral / Verbal Communication
▲5%


▲2%


Event Planning
▼0%

National Average
$44,000

▼4%

Customer Service
▼17%

Social Media Marketing
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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