Special Events Director Salary

The average Special Events Director in the United States earns approximately $55K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Special Events Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage.

$35,595 - $90,714

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$11.92 - $24.47

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,595 - $90,714  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,279  
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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$35,972 - $92,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $24.47  
   
Overtime
$18.20 - $27.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,279  
   
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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$35,972 - $92,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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 focused set of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 27 percent above average. 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 many Special Events Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $47K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $55K. Special Events Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $67K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $74K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Special Events Directors, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+45 percent), Denver (+35 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Washington (+8 percent). Special Events Directors in Austin report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in 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
$56,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 27%

Event Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$56,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 73 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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