Special Events Director Salary

Special Events Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and more than half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $60K per year, but may range from $40K to $92K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Special Events Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of Special Events Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,168 - $91,552
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$60K
$92K
MEDIAN: $60,070
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$11.23 - $29.36
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$0$92K
Salary $39,168 - $91,552
Bonus $0.00 - $12,164
Profit Sharing $20,000
Commission $4,112
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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$39,983 - $92,236
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 168
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $11.23 - $29.36
Overtime $27.75
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $0.00 - $12,164
Commission $4,112
Profit Sharing $20,000
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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$39,983 - $92,236
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 12

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Job Description for Special Events Director

Special events directors coordinate special events for clients or organizations. They may work for a single company, planning events that might serve as direct marketing or raise money or awareness for their brand, among other potential purposes. They might also work at hotels, tourist attractions, and similar locations to help customers plan events such as weddings and parties.

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Special Events Director Tasks

  • Oversee, plan and direct company meetings and special events, including trade shows and brand promotion events.
  • Directs the event staff to ensure compliance to company standards or customer contract.
  • Responsible for agendas, budgets and services according to customer requirements.
  • Manage services for events, such as accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, special needs requirements, printing and event security.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Director


Special Events Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Event Management, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Sales as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Event Planning and Fundraising also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Event Management also know Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

Pay by Experience for a Special Events Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Special Events Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 79 salaries. A Special Events Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $61,296

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

Special Events Directors will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Special Events Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Denver (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). Special Events Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Special Events Directors in Austin bring in salaries that are 30 percent lower than the national average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Special Events Director?

Special Events Director in Fairfield:
"Culture."
Pros: The office culture is laid back and relaxed and the work day, when we are busy flies by. The actual events are great and make all of the work during the rest of the year worth it.
Cons: The office environment is not an average age that is good for a social scene at work for someone my age. During much of the year we are very, very slow and the days and weeks can drag and drag. Also, it is the same thing year after year, which becomes boring and repetitive.

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Key Stats for Special Events Director

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Special Events Director Salaries

▲8%

▲8%

National Average
$61,000

▼3%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
▲17%


National Average
$61,000



▼5%

Sales
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 10%
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