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Event Planner Salary

Most Event Planners in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $44K annually. The final incomes of Event Planners generally vary between $29K and $72K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $6K, $13K, and $25K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the greater part and dental coverage is claimed by a little more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,235 - $67,592
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,988
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90%

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$11.02 - $40.00
(Median)
$11
$17
$40
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$30,235 - $67,592  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,104  
Profit Sharing
$29.80 - $13,087  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,832  
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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$28,582 - $72,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,007
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.02 - $40.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.45 - $10.81  
Overtime
$9.93 - $39.08  
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 - $6,104  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,832  
Profit Sharing
$29.80 - $13,087  
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).
)
$28,582 - $72,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 402

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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


Survey takers working as Event Planners report using a large range of professional skills. 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 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing, Customer Service, and Sales. 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.


For many Event Planners, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. Event Planners bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Event Planners, 28 percent above the national average. Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Washington (+13 percent), and Dallas (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Houston (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries




National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries




Event Management
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Marketing Communications
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$43,000

Organizing
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up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 16%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 31%