Special Events Coordinator Salary

Special Events Coordinators in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $39K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Events Coordinators. The vast majority of Special Events Coordinators (88 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Some workers in this field — about one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,598 - $51,335
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,790
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90%

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$10.37 - $22.09
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$27,598 - $51,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,843  
Profit Sharing
$550 - $4,250  
Commission
$1,200 - $25,000  
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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$25,798 - $52,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 706
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $22.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.60  
Overtime
$13.25 - $34.17  
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 - $4,843  
   
Commission
$1,200 - $25,000  
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).
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$25,798 - $52,179  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 343

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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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As Special Events Coordinators transition into upper-level roles such as Marketing Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Marketing Managers earn $60K on average per year. Special Events Coordinators most often move into positions as Special Events Managers or Directors of Events; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator


Special Events Coordinators report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Customer Relationship Management, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Media / Public Relations, Organizing, and Organizational Development. Those familiar with Event Planning tend to be well versed in Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Coordinator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $36K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. On average, Special Events Coordinators make $43K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $41K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Events Coordinators, 23 percent higher than the national average. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 7 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Houston (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Coordinator Salaries




Fundraising
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Event Management
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$38,000

Sales
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 4%

Organizational Development
up arrow 4%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 26%