Special Events Coordinator Salary

Pay for Special Events Coordinators in the United States is very modest at just $39K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Special Events Coordinators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Special Events Coordinators who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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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While Special Events Coordinators do not often become Marketing Managers, the job pays $60K per year on average. A common career progression for a Special Events Coordinator is to become a Special Events Manager or an Event Manager. Compared to Special Events Coordinators, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator


Survey takers working as Special Events Coordinators report using a large range of professional skills. 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. 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. Special Events Coordinators bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Special Events Coordinators who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,516

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

Special Events Coordinators will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Special Events Coordinators will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+19 percent), Washington (+11 percent), Atlanta (+7 percent), and Boston (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Seattle (4 percent less) and Philadelphia (3 percent less).

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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
up arrow 1%

Organizing
up arrow 3%

Sales
up arrow 4%


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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