Special Events Coordinator Salary (United States)

58 percent of Special Events Coordinators report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $36,966 annually on average. The top of the range reaches $51,952 per year, and the bottom approaches $25,342. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits—26 percent lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. Most Special Events Coordinators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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 (?
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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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As Special Events Coordinators make advancements in their career path, salaries may climb quite a bit. Those in less important roles may make $23K less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as Marketing Manager. Special Events Coordinators moving up in their career tend to step into positions as Special Events Managers or Director of Eventss, where paychecks increase by $8,686 or $20K per year.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator

Special Events Coordinators seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Organizing and Media / Public Relations. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well-versed 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.
Workers new to the field can expect to earn $35K, increasing to $40K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $42K. After 20 years on the job, salaries actually take a dive for Special Events Coordinators, averaging around $41K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent 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 less than five percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—a strong majority of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

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$37,000
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For those looking to make money, Special Events Coordinators in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Special Events Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). The lowest-paying market is Denver, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Employers pay around -5 percent in Orlando and -5 percent in Seattle, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries

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$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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$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%