Special Events Director Salary

Special Events Directors in the United States take home approximately $55K per year on average. In the world of Special Events Directors, overall cash allowance can sometimes include more than $13K from bonuses, causing incomes to vary widely between $37K and $94K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Special Events Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Special Events Directors (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,788 - $91,522
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$92K
MEDIAN: $55,437
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$14.72 - $24.66
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$15
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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 show that Special Events Directors use a fair number of skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 28 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Sales and Fundraising. It is often found that people who know Event Management are 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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $47K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $55K. On average, Special Events Directors make $67K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $69K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,438

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

For those looking to make money, Special Events Directors in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Special Events Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+44 percent), Denver (+33 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Austin Special Events Directors earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average.

Special Events Director Reviews

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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