It's impossible to make it big as a Special Events Coordinators in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Special Events Coordinators (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,534 - $55,888
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$31K
$40K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,424
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$11.60 - $22.00
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$12
$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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,534 - $55,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,939  
Profit Sharing
$2,675  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$28,647 - $55,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 434
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.60 - $22.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$16.56 - $37.17  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,939  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,675  
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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$28,647 - $55,279  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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.

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Special Events Coordinators' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Marketing Manager. The average Marketing Manager brings home $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 $7K higher on average, and it's $21K higher for Directors of Events.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Social Media Marketing, Budget Management, and Organizational Development are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Media / Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Sales. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed in 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 $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. Special Events Coordinators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Special Events Coordinators report making only $41K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,448

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

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Special Events Coordinators in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), Milwaukee (+17 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Seattle ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

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What is it like working as a Special Events Coordinator?

Special Events Coordinator in Katonah:
"Its a great job."
Pros: Dealing with the kids, planning the events, and the actual events. Love solving problems and selling.
Cons: Entitled parents.

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Experience Affects Special Events Coordinator Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Coordinator Salaries


Social Media Marketing
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Fundraising
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Budget Management
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Organizational Development
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Event Planning
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Event Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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$39,000

Microsoft Office
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Organizing
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Microsoft Excel
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Sales Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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