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Special Events Coordinator Salary (United States)

With slightly less than three-fifths of Special Events Coordinators reporting fewer than five years of experience, the average pay is $38K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Although most have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, close to a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Women account for the majority of Special Events Coordinators — 88 percent to be exact. The majority of Special Events Coordinators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Special Events Coordinator Salary (?
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$27,058 - $51,040
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MEDIAN: $38,233
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Special Events Coordinator Salary (?
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$10.19 - $22.28
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,058 - $51,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,957  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $2,035  
Commission
$1,163 - $20,608  
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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$25,342 - $51,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $22.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $12.88  
Overtime
$12.91 - $32.86  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,957  
   
Commission
$1,163 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $2,035  
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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$25,342 - $51,952  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 388
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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
  • Supervise the set-up, running, and break down of the event, identifying and resolving problems.
  • Meet with clients to plan event and establish budget.
  • Select event vendors and staff, direct and supervise their work.
  • Plan and manage the logistics of an event, including venue, guests, programs, catering, and marketing.
  • Track event expenses and review accuracy of invoices.

Common Career Paths for Special Events Coordinator

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Special Events Coordinators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Marketing Manager. Marketing Managers bring home $60K per year on average. Special Events Coordinators typically move into roles as Special Events Managers or Directors of Events, and those positions pay $9K more and $20K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator

Survey takers working as Special Events Coordinators report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Customer Relationship Management , and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Organizing and Media / Public Relations. The majority of those who know Event Management also know Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Coordinator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average beginner in this position makes around $35K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. Special Events Coordinators bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Special Events Coordinators report making only $41K on average. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a fair portion land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-eighth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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For Special Events Coordinators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Austin, where Special Events Coordinators annually earn 21 percent, 12 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent more than the national average. With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Orlando and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 5 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries

National Average
$37,000

Skills That Affect Special Events Coordinator Salaries

Fundraising
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Event Planning
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Event Management
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Marketing Communications
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Microsoft Excel
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Sales Management
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Sales
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$37,000
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Media / Public Relations
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 293 votes.

Gender

Female
88%
female alumni
 
Male
12%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 26%