How much do event planners get paid?

Many factors accompany an event planner’s salary. A planner's areas of expertise such as weddings or business events, in addition to experience in those areas, can also play a part in annual income.


Experience as an event planner is gained only by organising and executing events. All knowledge is gained through hands-on, on-the-job training. A college degree is recommended and often preferred, but is not a requirement. A track record of several years of successful events is much more important.


Event planners can be as involved or as uninvolved as clients would like but are typically responsible for the initial concept of the idea all the way to the clean-up after the event. Many begin planning events 12 months or more in advance, while others are hired for “day of” services meaning being responsible for an event on the day it occurs. Event planning services typically include event design and production including rentals like linens, tables, chairs and glassware, invitations and mailings, catering organisation with menus and seating arrangements, venue selection, booking the musicians and coordinating any hotel or accommodations needed by guests.


Event planners often specialise in a particular area of either corporate or social events. Corporate planners’ focus may include marketing campaigns, internal events for employees, seminars and conferences or celebrations for the company. Social events include weddings, significant parties such as Sweet Sixteen parties, debutante balls or anniversary festivities.


Cost of living is a determining factor on an event planner’s salary. The Professional Convention Management Association’s annual survey revealed that salary ranges varied in not only cities and states but by national regions as well. An event manager in the North region averages £35,750, in the South, one averages £37,700, central and west coast event managers make £36,400 and £37,050 respectively. The director and vice-president salaries range as well from £48,750 - £56,550 per year, to £53,950 - £81,250 for those in a higher position.


If employed by a company, event planners can be offered benefits such as commissions, health care insurance, social security and retirement plans. Self-employed planners can make these arrangements as well through outside providers. Other benefits include planning and participating in amazing events and parties, gaining extensive knowledge of a wide array of services within a particular industry and meeting a variety of people.

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About the Author

Jessica M. Denmark is a PR/Event professional living in Savannah, Ga. Writing for more than a decade, she has been published online and in print. In between planning events for Savannah visitors and organizing weddings for Southern brides, Denmark maintains book review blog, jessicaetcetera.

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