Special Events Coordinator Salary (United States)

More than half of Special Events Coordinators are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $36,966 annually. The top of the range reaches $51,952 per year, and the bottom approaches $25,342. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, 26 percent claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction for Special Events Coordinators is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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  
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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  
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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 in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Marketing Manager may get paid an extra $23K per year. It is quite typical for Special Events Coordinators to transition into roles as Special Events Managers or Director of Eventss, where expected earnings are an additional $8,686 or $20K per year.

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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 (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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Organizing and Media / Public Relations. It is often found that people who know Event Management are also skilled 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.
Starting out, salaries are typically $35K, which grows to $40K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Pay actually shrinks for Special Events Coordinators after two decades in the profession, averaging $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, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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For Special Events Coordinators, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Washington, Los Angeles, and Austin, where Special Events Coordinators typically earn around 21 percent, 12 percent, 10 percent, and 8 percent more than usual. Trailing the national average by 6 percent, Denver is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Orlando and Seattle (-5 percent and -5 percent, respectively).

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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%
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