Special Events Coordinator Salary

Special Events Coordinators aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $41K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Special Events Coordinators far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,854 - $56,886
$31K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,745
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90%

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$11.49 - $22.53
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$23
MEDIAN: $15.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,854 - $56,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,061  
Profit Sharing
$2,675  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$28,392 - $56,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 417
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.49 - $22.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$16.43 - $42.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,061  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,675  
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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$28,392 - $56,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 159

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Job Description for Special Events Coordinator

A special events coordinator's job revolves around planning, organizing, and promoting events for their company or employer. These events may serve a diverse range of functions, such as a fundraiser, volunteer appreciation event, or company dinner. They often plan or organize in an office setting, although they may required to perform physical tasks such as posting flyers around the city or visiting prospective event locations. Coordinators may also use social media to help promote the event.

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Special Events Coordinator Tasks

  • Plan and manage the logistics of an event, including venue, guests, programs, catering, and marketing.
  • Track event expenses and review accuracy of invoices.
  • Select event vendors and staff, direct and supervise their work.
  • Supervise the set-up, running, and break down of the event, identifying and resolving problems.
  • Meet with clients to plan event and establish budget.

Common Career Paths for Special Events Coordinator


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Special Events Coordinators may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Fundraising Development, where median compensation is $61K annually. Special Events Managers or Event Managers are common next-step roles for Special Events Coordinators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Special Events Managers is $7K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Event Managers.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator


Special Events Coordinators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Organizational Development, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Media / Public Relations, and Sales. Most people skilled in Event Management are similarly competent in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Coordinator

Pay by Experience for a Special Events Coordinator has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Coordinator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 379 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Coordinator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Special Events Coordinator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 95 salaries. A Special Events Coordinator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 37 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,635

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Events Coordinators, 29 percent higher than the national average. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), New York (+22 percent), Milwaukee (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). In Seattle, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Denver and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Special Events Coordinator Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Special Events Coordinator?

Special Events Coordinator in Katonah:
"Its a great job."
Pros: Dealing with the kids, planning the events, and the actual events. Love solving problems and selling.
Cons: Entitled parents.

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Key Stats for Special Events Coordinator

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$40,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Special Events Coordinator Salaries




▲2%

Event Planning
▲1%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲1%


National Average
$40,000


▼2%


Sales Management
▼3%

▼6%


Social Media Marketing
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 20%
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