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.
|Salary||$39,168 - $91,552|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $12,164|
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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).)
|$39,983 - $92,236|
|Hourly Rate||$11.23 - $29.36|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $12,164|
|Total Pay (||$39,983 - $92,236|
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.Read More...
No matter where they work, these directors are responsible for all details related to event planning, such as negotiating with vendors, determining schedules, and ensuring that events meet clients' expectations. Special events directors must make sure that planned events remain within budget, and they may required to keep client records. During event planning, special events directors must follow up all involved parties (including contractors and clients, among others) to ensure that elements of the party are progressing as planned and in line with clients' wishes. When the event takes place, the special event coordinator might assist at the event to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
A bachelor’s degree in marketing or a related field and relevant experience are required for this position. Special events directors must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as pay close attention to detail and be able to multitask effectively.
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
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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