Special Events Coordinator Salary
|Salary||$30,854 - $56,886|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,061|
|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).)
|$28,392 - $56,189|
|Hourly Rate||$11.49 - $22.53|
|Overtime||$16.43 - $42.33|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,061|
|Total Pay (||$28,392 - $56,189|
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.Read More...
Coordinators typically have to work with a number of other employees with the company, including individuals helping to set up the event and other members of the marketing staff; they may also need to coordinate volunteers. They must also monitor an event budget and remain within that budget throughout the planning process. Special events coordinators must meet with potential clients or other departments in need of an event, gathering ideas and helping to plan. They must also keep supervisors apprised of their work, including their budgets.
Special events coordinators typically need at least three years of customer service and/or public relations experience, including at least one year at a supervisor level. The job also requires an understanding of basic computer software, financial recordkeeping, public relations, volunteer management, and organizational skills. They must also be able to work within deadlines, which may occasionally be tight.
Special Events Coordinator Tasks
- Plan and manage the logistics of an event, including venue, guests, programs, catering, and marketing.
- Track event expenses and review accuracy of invoices.
- Select event vendors and staff, direct and supervise their work.
- Supervise the set-up, running, and break down of the event, identifying and resolving problems.
- Meet with clients to plan event and establish budget.
Common Career Paths for Special Events Coordinator
Special Events Coordinators may progress into high-paying roles like Director of Fundraising Development, where median compensation is $61K annually. Special Events Managers or Event Managers 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 $9K higher for Event Managers.
Popular Skills for Special Events Coordinator
Special Events Coordinators seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Organizational Development, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Media / Public Relations, and Sales. Most people skilled in Event Management are similarly competent in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Fundraising.
Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Coordinator
Pay by Experience for a Special Events Coordinator has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Coordinator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 379 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Coordinator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 156 salaries. An experienced Special Events Coordinator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 95 salaries. A Special Events Coordinator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 37 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Events Coordinators, 29 percent higher than the national average. Special Events Coordinators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), New York (+22 percent), Milwaukee (+16 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). In Seattle, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Denver and San Diego earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).
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