Special Events Coordinator Salary

Special Events Coordinators aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Special Events Coordinators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Female Special Events Coordinators far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,901 - $51,637
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,040
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90%

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$10.29 - $21.82
(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
$27,901 - $51,637  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,853  
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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$25,832 - $52,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 714
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $21.82  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.68  
Overtime
$14.44 - $34.75  
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 - $4,853  
   
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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$25,832 - $52,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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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 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


Special Events Coordinators seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Media / Public Relations, Organizing, and Sales. For most people, competency in Event Management indicates knowledge of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Fundraising. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $36K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Special Events Coordinators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. For some reason, Special Events Coordinators with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


Special Events Coordinators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 18 percent. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+3 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Houston earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less).

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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%



Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Sales Management
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
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National Average
$38,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Organizational Development
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 4%


Media / Public Relations
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 199 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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