Special Events Director Salary

The average Special Events Director in the United States earns approximately $55K annually. Total cash compensation for Special Events Directors generally runs between $37K and $94K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $13K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Special Events Directors (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,788 - $91,522
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$36K
$55K
$92K
MEDIAN: $55,437
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$14.72 - $24.66
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,788 - $91,522  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,621  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Commission
$-0.50 - $68,510  
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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$36,590 - $93,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 370
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$27.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,621  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $68,510  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$36,590 - $93,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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 put a wide range of professional skills to use. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Sales and Fundraising. Those proficient in Event Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

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


Special Events Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average inexperienced worker earns $47K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $55K. Special Events Directors bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Special Events Directors who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $69K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,438

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Events Directors, 50 percent higher than the national average. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+44 percent), Denver (+33 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Special Events Directors is geography, with workers in Austin earning a whopping 24 percent below 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 28%

Event Management
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Budget Management
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National Average
$56,000

Event Planning
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Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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