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Event Planner Salary

Most Event Planners in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $44K annually. Total cash earnings of Event Planners range from $28K on the low end to $72K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $9K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Event Planners is high. Although more than half have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, one in three claim no health benefits at all. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$30,218 - $66,767
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,668
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$10.87 - $41.19
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,218 - $66,767  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $9,123  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,240  
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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$28,296 - $72,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,028
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.87 - $41.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44 - $11.04  
Overtime
$10.77 - $39.67  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,240  
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).
)
$28,296 - $72,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 408
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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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Many Event Planners move into an Event Manager role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Event Managers on average bring in a similar salary to Event Planners.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner


Event Planners report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Project Management, Budget Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Social Media Marketing, Organizing, 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $39K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $57K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Event Planners will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and Austin (11 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries




Event Management
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Microsoft Office
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up arrow 5%


Social Media Marketing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 290 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

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%