Special Events Director Salary

Just over a half of Special Events Directors in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $40K to $93K per year, but median earnings come to around $60K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Special Events Directors (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,332 - $91,744
$39K
$60K
$92K
MEDIAN: $59,665
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$11.15 - $29.59
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MEDIAN: $22.08
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$0$92K
Salary $39,332 - $91,744
Bonus $0.00 - $11,878
Profit Sharing $20,000
Commission $6,000
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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$40,247 - $92,208
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 160
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $11.15 - $29.59
Overtime $27.75
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $0.00 - $11,878
Commission $6,000
Profit Sharing $20,000
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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$40,247 - $92,208
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Director


Special Events Directors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Budget Management, Event Management, and Fundraising are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Sales as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Event Planning and Fundraising also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Event Management also know Fundraising.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Director

Pay by Experience for a Special Events Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 61 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 65 salaries. An experienced Special Events Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 79 salaries. A Special Events Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 31 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,725

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

For Special Events Directors, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Special Events Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+37 percent), Denver (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Special Events Director's salary, with Austin Special Events Directors earning salaries that are 30 percent less than the national average.

Special Events Director Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Special Events Director

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Special Events Director Salaries

▲9%

▲9%

National Average
$61,000

▼2%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Special Events Director Salaries

Project Management
▲19%


National Average
$61,000



▼4%

Sales
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 14%
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