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 annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, close to a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by more than half. For the most part, Special Events Coordinators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Special Events Coordinators who took the survey — 88 percent to be exact. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,021 - $52,797
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,369
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$11.09 - $22.01
(Median)
$11
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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
$29,021 - $52,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,842  
Profit Sharing
$1,801  
Commission
$1,226 - $29,361  
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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$26,987 - $53,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 730
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $22.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.76  
Overtime
$14.77 - $35.12  
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 - $4,842  
   
Commission
$1,226 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$1,801  
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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$26,987 - $53,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 304
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Marketing Managers. That role pays $60K per year on average. Special Events Coordinators moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Special Events Managers or Event Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $7K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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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, 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 28 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations and Sales. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Special Events Coordinators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Special Events Coordinators who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,516

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Special Events Coordinators, New York offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Washington (+11 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Employers in Seattle and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Coordinator Salaries

Complex Event Processing/Event Correlation
up arrow 28%



Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
0%

Event Management
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Organizational Development
0%

Sales Management
0%

National Average
$39,000

Marketing Communications
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Organizing
up arrow 3%

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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