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.
|Salary||$39,332 - $91,744|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $11,878|
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|$40,247 - $92,208|
|Hourly Rate||$11.15 - $29.59|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $11,878|
|Total Pay (||$40,247 - $92,208|
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.Read More...
No matter where they work, these directors are responsible for all details related to event planning, such as negotiating with vendors, determining schedules, and ensuring that events meet clients' expectations. Special events directors must make sure that planned events remain within budget, and they may required to keep client records. During event planning, special events directors must follow up all involved parties (including contractors and clients, among others) to ensure that elements of the party are progressing as planned and in line with clients' wishes. When the event takes place, the special event coordinator might assist at the event to make sure that everything is running smoothly.
A bachelor’s degree in marketing or a related field and relevant experience are required for this position. Special events directors must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as pay close attention to detail and be able to multitask effectively. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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
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.
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