The average Entry-Level Event Planner earns approximately $41K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Event Planners, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $62K. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under one in three lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and over one-half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Event Planners is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$29,697 - $60,725
$30K
$41K
$61K
MEDIAN: $41,060
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50%
90%

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$10.35 - $26.07
$10
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.04
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,697 - $60,725  
   
Bonus
$202.73 - $7,891  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $25,000  
Commission
$509 - $20,273  
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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$27,605 - $62,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.35 - $26.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.44 - $5.83  
Overtime
$14.62 - $37.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$202.73 - $7,891  
   
Commission
$509 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $25,000  
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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$27,605 - $62,109  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 234

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,475

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For Entry-Level Event Planners, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Event Planners can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Washington (+15 percent). The lowest-paying market is St. Louis, which sits 25 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers in Atlanta and Indianapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (23 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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 58 votes.
070
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 10%

Budget Management
up arrow 8%

Project Management
up arrow 8%

Marketing Communications
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Event Planning
0%

Sales
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 2%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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