$46,233
Avg. Salary
$17.87
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$2,050

Bonus

$2,027

Profit Sharing

$6,077

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Event Planner is $17.87 per hour.

The average pay for an Event Planner is $46,233 per year.

10%
$11.67
10%
$17.87
50%
$33.74
90%
90%
MEDIAN $17.87
10%
$31k
10%
$46k
50%
$70k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $46,233
$30,858 - $69,972
$31K
$46K
$70K
MEDIAN: $46,233
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90%

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$11.67 - $33.74
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$0$72K
Salary $30,858 - $69,972
Bonus $479 - $9,728
Profit Sharing $489 - $14,544
Commission $1,922 - $19,933
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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$29,555 - $72,783
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,305
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $11.67 - $33.74
Hourly Tips $0.38 - $40.00
Overtime $12.58 - $38.26
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $479 - $9,728
Commission $1,922 - $19,933
Profit Sharing $489 - $14,544
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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$29,555 - $72,783
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 560

Job Description

An event planner organizes and facilitates special events, large gatherings, and functions that are often of a celebratory nature. The events planner may be employed by a large corporation that frequently holds such functions for employees or clients. It is often common that businesses in the hospitality industry also have their own event planner on staff to help individuals and businesses execute these special gatherings.

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Event Planner Tasks
  • Determine logistics, including food and beverage needs and establish date(s) and alternate dates for event.
  • Identify and secure venues for events in addition to acquiring permits.
  • Coordinate transportation and parking, location support, arrangement of decor and furniture, and emergency support.

Common Career Paths


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While Event Planners do not often become Senior Event Managers, the job pays $66K per year on average. Event Managers or Meeting & Convention Planners are common next-step roles for Event Planners moving up in their careers; annual pay for Event Managers is $5K higher on average, and it's $2K higher for Meeting & Convention Planners.

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Popular Skills


Event Planners seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Contract Negotiation, Budget Management, Project Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 19 percent. Those listing Social Media Marketing as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Sales also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Event Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Budget Management and Contract Negotiation.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for an Event Planner has a positive trend. An entry-level Event Planner with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 680 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Event Planner with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 355 salaries. An experienced Event Planner which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 243 salaries. An Event Planner with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 90 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

28%

25%

19%

13%

-7%

-7%

-8%

-9%

-15%

National Average: $45,088

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

Home to some of the best pay for Event Planners, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Event Planners will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+31 percent), Boston (+28 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Austin (+16 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Phoenix (6 percent less).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Event Planner?

Event Planner in Pembroke Pines:
"Good."
Pros: Neighborhood
Cons: Commute

Event Planner in Pembroke Pines:
"Fine."
Pros: Convienant
Cons: nothing

Event Planner in Myrtle Beach:
"I like working here."
Pros: being close to family
Cons: you do not get paid as much as other states

Event Planner in Birmingham:
"Event Planning, Management, Sales, logistics."
Pros: Make own schedule, causal dress.
Cons: Low pay, no benefits, no room for advancement, tax fraud being committed, long hours, bad company morale, no incentives, no flexibility, high stress level, terrible management.

Event Planner in Boise:
Learn from others. Pay attention.

Event Planner in San Antonio:
Pros: Interaction with people.
Cons: Stress.

Event Planner in New York:
"Value Your Personal Life."
Clients will ask for all of your time if you allow it and especially in a small company with few others to help you complete your tasks, you will have work 24-7 if you don't learn how to manage expectations. I wish I had learned this from the start so that my quality of life outside of work could have been better.

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Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲21%

▲17%

▲11%

National Average
$45,000

▼10%

How Skills Affect Salaries





Oral / Verbal Communication
▲2%


National Average
$45,000

▼1%


Event Planning
▼3%

▼7%

Customer Service
▼19%

Social Media Marketing
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 249 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 28%