Event Planner Salary

The larger portion of Event Planners in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $45K per year. Total cash compensation varies widely depending on the individual performance of Event Planners. Generally sitting in the range of $29K to $72K, the final number can include almost $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing and commissions of $24K in exceptional cases. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Event Planners report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — slightly less than a third lack any form of coverage — but more than half have medical insurance, and the larger part have dental, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,477 - $70,104
$30K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,182
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50%
90%

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$11.30 - $32.10
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MEDIAN: $17.51
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$0$71K
Salary $30,477 - $70,104
Bonus $201.34 - $9,665
Profit Sharing $98.63 - $4,975
Commission $750 - $23,000
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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$29,033 - $71,605
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 750
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $11.30 - $32.10
Hourly Tips $0.26 - $6.62
Overtime $14.54 - $43.19
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $201.34 - $9,665
Commission $750 - $23,000
Profit Sharing $98.63 - $4,975
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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$29,033 - $71,605
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 327

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Job Description for Event Planner

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 for Event Planner


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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 for Event Planner


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 for Event Planner

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

30%

27%

21%

15%

-5%

-5%

-6%

-7%

-13%

National Average: $44,230

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).

Event Planner Reviews

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

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 San Antonio:
Pros: Interaction with people.
Cons: Stress.

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Key Stats for Event Planner

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries

▲24%

▲19%

▲14%

National Average
$44,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Event Planner Salaries





Oral / Verbal Communication
▲4%


▲1%


National Average
$44,000

Event Planning
▼1%

▼5%

Customer Service
▼17%

Social Media Marketing
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 138 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 29%
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