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Special Events Coordinator Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Special Events Coordinators in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $39K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Special Events Coordinators report high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Special Events Coordinators who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,642 - $51,680
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,863
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50%
90%

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$10.38 - $22.22
(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
$27,642 - $51,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,908  
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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$25,864 - $52,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 710
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
$10.38 - $22.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.64  
Overtime
$13.59 - $34.42  
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 - $4,908  
   
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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$25,864 - $52,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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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 not the most common occurrence, Special Events Coordinators sometimes become Marketing Managers, where the average income is $60K per year. Career advancement for the typical Special Events Coordinator often leads to becoming a Special Events Manager or a Director of Events; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator


Special Events Coordinators seem to wield many skills on the job. 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, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Media / Public Relations and Organizing. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). Those familiar with Event Management also tend to know 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $36K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $40K. Special Events Coordinators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $41K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Special Events Coordinators, 23 percent above the national average. Special Events Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston and Seattle (5 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%




Fundraising
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Event Management
up arrow 2%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$38,000

Organizational Development
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 2%


Media / Public Relations
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
54%
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%
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