Entry-Level Event Planner Salary

Entry-Level Event Planners can expect to earn an average of $41K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Event Planners, total cash compensation ranges from $28K on the lower end to $62K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $8K and profit sharing that approaches $10K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $20K. Just under one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and over one-half claim dental coverage as well. Most Entry-Level Event Planners like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,619 - $60,252
$30K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $40,883
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50%
90%

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$10.67 - $26.54
$11
$16
$27
MEDIAN: $16.36
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,619 - $60,252  
   
Bonus
$147.95 - $8,109  
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $10,256  
Commission
$508 - $20,426  
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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$27,544 - $61,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 453
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.67 - $26.54  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38 - $6.58  
Overtime
$14.68 - $38.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$147.95 - $8,109  
   
Commission
$508 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$147.95 - $10,256  
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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$27,544 - $61,854  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 227

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,367

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Event Planners, 36 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Entry-Level Event Planners is geography, with workers in Atlanta earning a whopping 25 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (25 percent less) and Austin (17 percent less).

Event Planner Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Event Planner in New York:
"Value Your Personal Life."
Clients will ask for all of your time if you allow it and especially in a small company with few others to help you complete your tasks, you will have work 24-7 if you don't learn how to manage expectations. I wish I had learned this from the start so that my quality of life outside of work could have been better.

Key Stats for Event Planner

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries

Budget Management
▲9%



Marketing Communications
▲3%


Event Planning
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Sales
▼3%

▼4%

Microsoft Office
▼4%

Social Media Marketing
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 29%