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Special Events Director Salary (United States)

A Special Events Director earns an average salary of $54,445 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Special Events Director Salary (?
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$35,079 - $90,358
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MEDIAN: $54,444
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Special Events Director Salary (?
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$11.88 - $24.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,079 - $90,358  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,719  
Commission
$0.14 - $69,043  
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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$35,486 - $93,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 330
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$18.20 - $27.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,719  
   
Commission
$0.14 - $69,043  
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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$35,486 - $93,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

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Pay Difference By Location

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Denver
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$55,000
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Special Events Director Reviews

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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Experience Affects Special Events Director Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Event Planning
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National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
83%
female alumni
 
Male
17%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 13%