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Salary range for event planners

An event planner takes on the demands of planning and coordinating events such as meetings, weddings and conventions. Salaries for these jobs fluctuate depending on various factors. Such factors will include location of job, setting of job and even years of experience.


Entry-level event planners or coordinators can expect to make £18,476 to £24,896 a year. An event planner with one to four years experience can expect to make £19,601 to £26,562 a year. If the event planners have five to nine years under thier belt, they can potentially make £22,666 to £32,436 a year. Average annual salary for 10 to 19 years experience is £24,193 to £32,436. With more than 20 years experience, planners can expect £21,767 to £39,408 yearly.

Top Paying Industries

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the top paying industry for event planners is software publishing, with an average annual salary of £43,381, or £20.80 an hour. Other top industries include activities related to credit mediation, cable and other subscription programming, general rental centres and accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services. The average yearly salaries for these industries range from £38,701 to £426,075.

Top Paying Locations

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top paying state for event planners is Connecticut at an average yearly salary of £37,323, or £17.9 an hour. Other top paying locations include New York, District of Columbia, Delaware and Maryland. Average annual salaries for these locations range from £34,086 to £36,432.

Top Paying Metropolitan Areas

The top paying metropolitan area for event planners is Charleston, West Virgina. According to he Bureau of Labor Statistics, event planners there can expect to earn an average of £42,841 a year, or £20.6 an hour. Other top metropolitan areas include Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut;Worcester, Maine-Connecticut; New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Division; and San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California Metropolitan Division. Event planners working in these locations earn £38,077 to £41,717 a year.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that in 2006 there were 51,000 meeting and convention planners or event planners employed in the United States. The bureau predicts jobs for event planners will grow to 61,000 by 2016. This will be a 20 per cent increase.

About the Author

Jacqueline Chinappi has been a freelance writer and editor since June 2007. Her experience includes writing about mental health, psychology, counseling, children, family, languages, and education. Chinappi holds a Master of Arts degree in counseling psychology and an Educational Specialist degree in professional counseling from Seton Hall University.

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