Special Events Director Salary

With over one-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 $59K annually and can range from $40K on the lower end to $91K per year near the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Special Events Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Special Events Directors who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority.

$39,574 - $91,267
$40K
$59K
$91K
MEDIAN: $58,568
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50%
90%

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$11.48 - $27.00
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$20
$27
MEDIAN: $19.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$39,574 - $91,267  
   
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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$40,084 - $91,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 163
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $27.00  
   
Overtime
$27.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$40,084 - $91,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Director


Special Events Directors report using a wide range of professional 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 who know Event Management also know Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

Pay by Experience for a Special Events Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Special Events Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 79 salaries. A Special Events Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,409

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

For Special Events Directors, Washington provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+38 percent), Denver (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+19 percent), and San Francisco (+16 percent). Special Events Directors in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Special Events Director Salaries

▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$60,000

▼1%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
▲19%


National Average
$60,000



▼4%

Sales
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 10%