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. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. Women account for the majority of Special Events Coordinators who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,109 - $51,746

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$10.27 - $21.88

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$28,109 - $51,746  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,410  
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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$25,905 - $52,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 715
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $21.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.68  
Overtime
$14.41 - $34.42  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,410  
   
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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$25,905 - $52,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329
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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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While not commonly seen, Special Events Coordinators who transition into a Marketing Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Marketing Managers is $60K per year. Special Events Managers or Directors of Events are common next-step roles for Special Events Coordinators moving up in their careers; annual pay for Special Events Managers is $8K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Directors of Events.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator


Survey results imply that Special Events Coordinators deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 pay less than market rate include Media / Public Relations, Organizing, and Sales. Skill sets containing Event Planning also tend to include Fundraising and Customer Relationship Management (CRM). For most people, competency in Event Management indicates knowledge of 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 who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Special Events Coordinators that is 18 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). Orlando ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 9 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas 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 Management
up arrow 2%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Organizational Development
0%

National Average
$38,000

Organizing
up arrow 4%

Sales
up arrow 4%

Media / Public Relations
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 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: 73% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 25%
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