Event Planner Salary

Women comprise the majority of Event Planners in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $44K annually on average. Total cash incomes of Event Planners run from $28K to $73K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K, profit sharing that reaches $13K, and some commissions of nearly $23K. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Event Planners is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,167 - $67,862
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,092
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$10.93 - $40.38
(Median)
$11
$17
$40
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,167 - $67,862  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,128  
Profit Sharing
$30.64 - $12,723  
Commission
$0.00 - $22,500  
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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$28,483 - $72,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,038
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.93 - $40.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.46 - $10.66  
Overtime
$10.14 - $38.96  
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 - $6,128  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $22,500  
Profit Sharing
$30.64 - $12,723  
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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$28,483 - $72,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Event Manager. The latter position pays an average of $65K annually.

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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 11 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing and Customer Service. Those proficient in Event Management are, more often than not, also skilled 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. For Event Planners, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Event Planners that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), and Dallas (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 6 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin.

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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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National Average
$43,000

Sales
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Organizing
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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 246 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 31%
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