Event Planner Assistant Salary

Event Planner Assistants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $35K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about two in five lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and a little less than half receive dental plans. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Event Planner Assistants are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$24,831 - $44,751
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$45K
MEDIAN: $34,590
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90%

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$9.73 - $18.90
(Median)
$9
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$24,831 - $44,751  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
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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$20,993 - $43,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 147
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.73 - $18.90  
   
Overtime
$13.80 - $29.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
   
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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$20,993 - $43,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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Job Description for Event Planner Assistant

An event planner assistant works alongside an event planner or special events coordinator. He or she is expected to carry out any delegated tasks to facilitate setting up and executing gatherings such as weddings, birthdays, anniversary parties, corporate meetings, and presentations. The event planner typically creates an overall plan and serves as a liaison to the client; the event planner assistant typically works behind the scenes to execute the concept.

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Event Planner Assistant Tasks

  • Coordinate pre-event details including payments, insurance, and ticket distribution.
  • Assist other internal departments including marketing and development with event preparation.
  • Coordinate day of event logistics including signage, greeting the client, staff duties and transportation.
  • Support event planner with pre-event operational planning, client management, and clerical support.
  • Help set up and clean up of events.

Common Career Paths for Event Planner Assistant


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Though some Event Planner Assistants move into positions like Event Manager (where the average salary is $47K), this progression is not the norm. Event Planner Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Event Coordinators or Event Planners. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Survey takers who work as Event Planner Assistants usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Event Planning, Organizing, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. It is not unusual for someone who knows Event Planning to be familiar with Oral / Verbal Communication as well.

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Experience Affects Event Planner Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$32,000


Skills That Affect Event Planner Assistant Salaries

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Organizing
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Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

National Average
$32,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Event Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 59% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 33% employee benefits None: 41%