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How Much Does an Event Planner Earn In The United States?

Event Planner Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$44,000
$33,000
$44,000
$59,000
Event planners in the United States make an average salary of $44,411 per year or $21.35 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level event planner salary is roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $59,000. If you like following the crowd, education and hospitality companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out pharmaceutical, hospitality, and non profits companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, West Virginia, and Kentucky provide the highest event planner salaries.
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Where Event Planners Earn The Most

The darker areas on the map show where event planners earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

How Much Do Event Planners Earn In Different Cities?

While an event planner can average a salary of $44,411 per year, or $21.35 per hour, there are many opportunities for event planners to make more. For example, in Glen Cove, NY you might make $56,350 per year. Other high-paying locations include Washington, DC, Boston, MA and Seattle, WA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Glen Cove, NY where the average starting salary is $37,000. The highest paying states for event planners include Maryland, New York and Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Louisiana, Utah, and Alabama offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. Glen Cove, NY
$56,350
Avg. Salary
$26k
$69k
2. Washington, DC
$54,681
Avg. Salary
$26k
$69k
3. Boston, MA
$54,298
Avg. Salary
$26k
$69k
4. Seattle, WA
$51,691
Avg. Salary
$26k
$69k
5. Bridgewater, NJ
$51,475
Avg. Salary
$26k
$69k
6. Alexandria, VA
$50,622
Avg. Salary
$26k
$69k

High Paying Event Planner Jobs

Which Companies Pay Event Planners The Most?

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like GK Holdings and Kelly Services as they offer the highest salaries for event planners.
Company
Avg. Salary
$36k
$64k
Avg. Salary
$36k
$64k
$51,027
Avg. Salary
$36k
$64k
Avg. Salary
$36k
$64k
Avg. Salary
$36k
$64k

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Event Planner Salary History

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    How Much Do Event Planners Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, event planner salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that pharmaceutical, hospitality, and non profits companies tend to offer much higher salaries for event planners. For example, event planners make a whopping average salary of $51,558 while working for pharmaceutical companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $48,845 at hospitality companies and $47,040 at non profits companies. But event planners may want to avoid working in the retail industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $44,126.
    1. Pharmaceutical
    $51,558
    Avg. Salary
    $37k
    $62k
    2. Hospitality
    $48,845
    Avg. Salary
    $37k
    $62k
    3. Non Profits
    $47,040
    Avg. Salary
    $37k
    $62k
    4. Technology
    $46,219
    Avg. Salary
    $37k
    $62k
    5. Education
    $45,634
    Avg. Salary
    $37k
    $62k
    6. Retail
    $44,126
    Avg. Salary
    $37k
    $62k

    How Experience Affects Event Planner Salaries

    The salary for an event planner can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    $32,000
    $32,000
    01/26/2021
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    01/26/2021
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    $73,045
    $73,045
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    12/22/2020
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    $38,881
    12/22/2020
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    $50,088
    $50,088
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    Washington, DC
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    $40,216
    $40,216
    07/30/2020
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    Foster City, CA
    04/28/2020
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    $73,045
    $73,045
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    California Lutheran University
    California Lutheran University
    CAL Lutheran Employment Opportunities | University Event Planner
    CAL Lutheran Employment Opportunities | University Event Planner
    CAL Lutheran Employment Opportunities | University Event Planner
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    04/08/2020
    04/08/2020
    $72,000
    $72,000
    04/08/2020
    California Lutheran University
    California Lutheran University
    CAL Lutheran Employment Opportunities | University Event Planner
    CAL Lutheran Employment Opportunities | University Event Planner
    CAL Lutheran Employment Opportunities | University Event Planner
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    03/25/2020
    03/25/2020
    $72,000
    $72,000
    03/25/2020