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Event Planner Salary

The larger portion of Event Planners in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $44K per year. Overall compensation packages to Event Planners range from $28K on the low end to $72K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $6K and profit sharing that approaches $13K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $25K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The majority of Event Planners claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,233 - $67,925
(Median)
$30K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,944
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$10.95 - $39.83
(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
$30,233 - $67,925  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,939  
Profit Sharing
$30.00 - $13,000  
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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$28,416 - $72,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,014
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
$10.95 - $39.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.45 - $10.81  
Overtime
$9.93 - $39.09  
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 - $5,939  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,832  
Profit Sharing
$30.00 - $13,000  
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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$28,416 - $72,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 413

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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Event Manager. Median pay for Event Managers is $47K.

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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 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Social Media Marketing, Customer Service, and Sales. For most people, competency in Event Management indicates knowledge of 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 Event Planners, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. 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. On average, Event Planners make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Event Planners in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Event Planners will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Employers in Austin and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 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





Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Sales
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 15%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 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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