Event Planner Salary (United States)

Women comprise the majority of Event Planners in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $43,414 annually on average. Pay generally spreads from $28,363 to $71,646 per year. With some bonuses running north of $6,500, profit sharing proceeds occasionally surpassing $9,123, and select commissions of $21K, total income for Event Planners can range between $28,363 and $71,646 according to individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While about a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Job satisfaction for Event Planners is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Event Planner Salary (?
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$30,223 - $66,566
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MEDIAN: $43,917
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Event Planner Salary (?
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$10.66 - $39.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,223 - $66,566  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
Profit Sharing
$29.59 - $9,123  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,511  
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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$28,363 - $71,646  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,014
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $39.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.28 - $11.04  
Overtime
$10.10 - $40.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,511  
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).
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$28,363 - $71,646  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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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 do not experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. Oftentimes, an upper-level role like Event Manager will not bring in more money than some lower-level roles.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Project Management, Budget Management, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 16 percent, 12 percent, 11 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing and Organizing. Most people experienced in 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.
Though Event Planners can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Though starting salaries approximate $39K, they climb to $49K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $53K. After 20 years of work in the field, Event Planners typically earn $58K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 5 percent. About two-thirds of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Event Planners that is 37 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Orlando (+14 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Denver and Houston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -5 percent and -4 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries

National Average
$43,000

Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries

Event Planning
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$43,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 304 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

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%
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