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Special Events Director Salary

The average Special Events Director in the United States earns approximately $55K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Female Special Events Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Special Events Directors is high.

$35,338 - $90,998
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$91K
MEDIAN: $54,711
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$11.84 - $24.83
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$35,338 - $90,998  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,671  
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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$35,652 - $93,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $24.83  
   
Overtime
$18.10 - $27.59  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,671  
   
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).
)
$35,652 - $93,408  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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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 a narrow range of 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 3 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Event Management also know Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

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


For many Special Events Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $47K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $54K. Special Events Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $67K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $77K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Special Events Directors, New York provides a pay rate that is 54 percent greater than the national average. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Special Events Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Special Events Directors in Austin bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average.

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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 3%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$55,000

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 81 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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