According to data from Salary.com in March 2010, the national average base salary for an event planner falls between $47,000 and $64,000 per year.
- 25th percentile: $46,958
- 50th percentile: $54,800
- 75th percentile: $63,940
With benefits, including bonus (average 2%), social security, retirement, disability, health care, pension, and time off, the total median compensation is $78,839.
Salary.com profiles the responsibilities to include all aspects of planning a meeting or special event for an organization, including amenities, accommodations, and negotiations. This role may require a bachelor's degree and 2 to 4 years of experience in the field or in a related area.
Event planners rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals, they perform a variety of tasks, and work under general supervision. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager.