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Special Events Director Salary

Median pay for Special Events Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. The majority of Special Events Directors 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 report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

$35,081 - $91,691
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$35K
$55K
$92K
MEDIAN: $54,520
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$11.88 - $24.66
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,081 - $91,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,234  
Commission
$1,503 - $30,000  
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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$35,219 - $95,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 334
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $24.66  
   
Overtime
$18.20 - $27.49  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,234  
   
Commission
$1,503 - $30,000  
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).
)
$35,219 - $95,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | 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


Special Events Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Event Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Fundraising. Most people experienced in 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $47K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $54K. For Special Events Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $68K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 57 percent, Special Events Directors in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Special Events Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+37 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Special Events Directors in Austin take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 22 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
$55,000



Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 27%

Event Management
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%