For Event Planners, yearly average wages total $45K annually. Total cash earnings of Event Planners range from $29K on the low end to $73K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $20K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although slightly less than a third lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most Event Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Event Planners (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,440 - $69,311
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,022
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$11.31 - $36.50
(Median)
$11
$18
$36
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,440 - $69,311  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,642  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $20,134  
Commission
$508 - $20,373  
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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$28,993 - $73,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 808
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $36.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.48 - $6.76  
Overtime
$12.84 - $38.01  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$202.73 - $9,642  
   
Commission
$508 - $20,373  
Profit Sharing
$153.19 - $20,134  
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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$28,993 - $73,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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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.

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Event Planners sometimes assume positions such as Senior Event Managers. That role pays $65K per year on average. Event Planners typically move into roles as Event Managers or Meeting & Convention Planners, and those positions pay $4K more and $2K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Event Planner


Survey results imply that Event Planners deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 14 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Those listing Social Media Marketing and Customer Service as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people who know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Event Planners make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Event Planners who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,952

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Event Planners, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+30 percent), New York (+23 percent), Boston (+21 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Miami and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries




National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries





Oral / Verbal Communication
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Organizing
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Marketing Communications
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Event Planning
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National Average
$44,000

Sales
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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 111 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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