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Event Planner Assistant Salary (United States)

Pay for Event Planner Assistants in the United States is very modest at just $35K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around two in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by the greater part and dental insurance is reported by around half. The vast majority of Event Planner Assistants (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Event Planner Assistant Salary (?
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$25,758 - $45,395
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MEDIAN: $34,741
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Event Planner Assistant Salary (?
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$9.74 - $19.36
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,758 - $45,395  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,800  
Commission
$1,179 - $5,000  
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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$21,072 - $44,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 149
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.74 - $19.36  
   
Overtime
$13.80 - $30.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,800  
   
Commission
$1,179 - $5,000  
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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$21,072 - $44,155  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 145
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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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It's not very common for Event Planner Assistants to move on to become Event Managers. Average pay for an Event Manager is $47K annually. It is quite typical for Event Planner Assistants to transition into roles as Event Coordinators or Event Planners, where reported median earnings are $4K and $11K higher per year.

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Survey takers who work as Event Planner Assistants report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Organizing, Customer Service, and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Management and Customer Service.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$32,000
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Event Planner Assistants will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Event Planner Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+17 percent) and New York (+14 percent). In Los Angeles, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Event Planner Assistant Salaries

Mid-Career
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National Average
$32,000

Skills That Affect Event Planner Assistant Salaries

Event Planning
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$32,000
Organizing
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Customer Service
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Event Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
89%
female alumni
 
Male
11%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 60% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 40%