Special Events Director Salary

Special Events Directors in the United States can expect wages of $55K annually on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Special Events Directors (85 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Special Events Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$35,306 - $90,620
(Median)
$35K
$55K
$91K
MEDIAN: $54,935
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50%
90%

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$11.92 - $24.47
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,306 - $90,620  
   
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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$35,652 - $92,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
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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$35,652 - $92,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Event Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent and 3 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Event Management are similarly competent in Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $47K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $55K. Special Events Directors bring in $67K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Special Events Directors, New York offers exceptional salaries, 55 percent above the national average. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+43 percent), Denver (+35 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Special Events Directors in Austin make 22 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in 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
$55,000



Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 28%

Event Management
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
0%

Fundraising
0%

Budget Management
0%

National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 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
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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