Special Events Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — a little more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $39K to $94K per year, median earnings come to $59K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Special Events Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority of Special Events Directors (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$38,848 - $93,304
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$39K
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$93K
MEDIAN: $58,797
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$14.68 - $29.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,848 - $93,304  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,491  
Commission
$4,096  
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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$39,262 - $93,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.68 - $29.80  
   
Overtime
$30.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,491  
   
Commission
$4,096  
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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$39,262 - $93,576  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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


Survey results show that Special Events Directors use a fair number of skills. 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 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $59K. Special Events Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $68K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $66K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,187

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

For Special Events Directors, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+44 percent), Washington (+38 percent), Denver (+25 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay.

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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
$60,000



Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
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Budget Management
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Event Management
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National Average
$60,000

Fundraising
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Sales
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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