Special Events Director Salary

With a little over a half of Special Events Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Special Events Directors is $58K per year and can range from $40K on the lower end to $89K per year near the higher end. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Special Events Directors (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,385 - $89,274
$39K
$58K
$89K
MEDIAN: $57,705
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50%
90%

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$14.72 - $29.59
$15
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$30
MEDIAN: $20.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$39,385 - $89,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,878  
Profit Sharing
$20,000  
Commission
$4,055  
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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$40,276 - $89,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $29.59  
   
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,878  
   
Commission
$4,055  
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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$40,276 - $89,283  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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


Special Events Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 20 percent above average. Those listing Sales and Event Planning as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those familiar with Event Management also tend to know Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

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


For Special Events Directors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $50K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $65K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,904

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

For those looking to make money, Special Events Directors in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 47 percent above the national average. Special Events Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+39 percent), Denver (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Special Events Director's salary, with Austin Special Events Directors earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average.

Special Events Director Reviews

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
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Special Events Director Salaries

▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$60,000

▼1%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
▲20%


Event Management
▼0%

National Average
$60,000

▼2%


Sales
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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