Special Events Director Salary

Special Events Directors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $55K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Special Events Directors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Special Events Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,274 - $91,027
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$91K
MEDIAN: $55,057
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$11.88 - $24.66
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,274 - $91,027  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,259  
Commission
$0.14 - $69,043  
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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$35,601 - $93,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $24.66  
   
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,259  
   
Commission
$0.14 - $69,043  
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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$35,601 - $93,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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 results suggest that Special Events Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Event Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed in Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $48K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Special Events Directors make a median salary of $67K. 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 $77K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Special Events Directors that is 54 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+44 percent), Denver (+35 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Special Events Director's salary, with Austin Special Events Directors earning salaries that are 23 percent less 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
$56,000



Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 27%

Event Management
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
0%

Fundraising
0%

Budget Management
0%

National Average
$56,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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