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Special Events Coordinator Salary

Pay for Special Events Coordinators in the United States is very modest at just $39K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Special Events Coordinators is high. The vast majority of Special Events Coordinators (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$27,088 - $51,105
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MEDIAN: $38,624
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$10.19 - $22.17
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National Salary Data

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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,088 - $51,105  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,720  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $4,250  
Commission
$1,216 - $24,658  
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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$25,412 - $52,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 730
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.19 - $22.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $12.76  
Overtime
$12.75 - $33.24  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,720  
   
Commission
$1,216 - $24,658  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $4,250  
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).
)
$25,412 - $52,028  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 369
United States (change)

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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For Special Events Coordinators, career progression to a Marketing Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Marketing Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $60K annually. When Special Events Coordinators are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Special Events Managers or Directors of Events. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $21K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator


Special Events Coordinators report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations and Organizing. Most people skilled in Event Management are similarly competent in 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $40K. Special Events Coordinators bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Special Events Coordinators, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Milwaukee (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 9 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Dallas and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$37,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Coordinator Salaries




Marketing Communications
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%

Event Planning
up arrow 4%

Fundraising
up arrow 4%

Event Management
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
up arrow 3%

Sales
0%

National Average
$37,000

Organizational Development
up arrow 2%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 255 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 27%