Special Events Coordinator Salary

Those pursuing careers as Special Events Coordinators in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the greater part. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 89 percent of Special Events Coordinators are female. The majority of Special Events Coordinators claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,700 - $51,757
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,012
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50%
90%

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$10.21 - $21.72
(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
$27,700 - $51,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,872  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,290  
Commission
$1,282 - $20,273  
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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$25,706 - $52,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $21.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.64  
Overtime
$13.50 - $34.46  
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 - $4,872  
   
Commission
$1,282 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $5,290  
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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$25,706 - $52,433  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 333
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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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Though some Special Events Coordinators move into positions like Marketing Manager (where the average salary is $60K), this progression is not the norm. 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 $20K, 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, facility with Complex Event Processing/Event Correlation, Project Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 8 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Media / Public Relations and Organizing. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Most people skilled in Event Management are similarly competent 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $36K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Special Events Coordinators make a median salary of $43K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Events Coordinators, 20 percent higher than the national average. Special Events Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Seattle and Denver (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$38,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Coordinator Salaries

Complex Event Processing/Event Correlation
up arrow 30%




Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Event Management
up arrow 2%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Sales
up arrow 2%

Organizational Development
up arrow 2%


Media / Public Relations
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 203 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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