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Special Events Director Salary

For Special Events Directors, annual average wages total $55K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Special Events Directors are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Events Directors. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$35,344 - $91,704
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MEDIAN: $54,739
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$11.88 - $24.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,344 - $91,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,752  
Commission
$0.07 - $69,531  
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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$35,694 - $95,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,752  
   
Commission
$0.07 - $69,531  
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).
)
$35,694 - $95,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 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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Popular Skills for Special Events Director


Survey takers who work as Special Events Directors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Event Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent and 4 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fundraising. Those proficient in Event Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Special Events Directors. Special Events Directors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $47K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Special Events Directors make a median salary of $66K. Special Events Directors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


Special Events Directors will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 54 percent. Special Events Directors will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+36 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 22 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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

Project Management
up arrow 26%

Event Management
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

National Average
$55,000

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%