Special Events Director Salary
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.
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.Read More...
No matter where they work, these directors are responsible for all details related to event planning, such as negotiating with vendors, determining schedules, and ensuring that events meet clients' expectations. Special events directors must make sure that planned events remain within budget, and they may required to keep client records. During event planning, special events directors must follow up all involved parties (including contractors and clients, among others) to ensure that elements of the party are progressing as planned and in line with clients' wishes. When the event takes place, the special event coordinator might assist at the event to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
A bachelor’s degree in marketing or a related field and relevant experience are required for this position. Special events directors must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as pay close attention to detail and be able to multitask effectively.
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
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.