Event planner earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Event planner salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New York $60,510
District of Columbia $65,090
New Jersey $61,750
Hawaii $56,368
Minnesota $51,130
Virginia $57,980
Connecticut $56,470
California $53,100
Rhode Island $52,940
Massachusetts $52,480
Maryland $55,760
Alaska $50,299
Washington $49,690
Ohio $48,590
Texas $49,080
Colorado $48,210
Georgia $48,370
Illinois $42,196
Kansas $41,500
New Hampshire $45,690
Delaware $47,160
Vermont $45,260
Oregon $46,240
Tennessee $41,170
Florida $45,130
North Dakota $45,360
Nevada $43,320
Michigan $45,530
North Carolina $42,520
Maine $43,730
Wisconsin $44,610
Nebraska $44,270
Missouri $42,390
Utah $41,680
Alabama $40,689
Wyoming $42,700
Pennsylvania $39,369
Oklahoma $42,030
Arizona $38,107
Iowa $39,244
West Virginia $41,210
Arkansas $38,647
Idaho $35,845
Louisiana $39,100
Kentucky $37,573
Mississippi $37,700
Montana $37,610
Indiana $36,590
South Carolina $36,860
New Mexico $34,270
South Dakota $35,450
Guam $35,740
Puerto Rico $22,710

How much does an Event Planner earn?

Event planners make sure all the many facets of an event run smoothly, be it a meeting, festival or a wedding. The current trends and forecasts for the meeting and events industry show a positive outlook for not only the industry as a whole, but for those individuals who call themselves event planners. While bachelor's degrees are typical for this position, experience is equally valued. A well-organized event planner can quickly move up the ranks into a lucrative salary.

Event size and scope adds to an event planner's salary, as does the industry. For example, event planners for convention centres typically make more than catering event planners, but starting out working small events is a way to break into the field. Location is also a factor for salary scale. The highest event planner salaries are in the metropolitan areas of Bridgeport, Connecticut; New York City; and the District of Columbia.

How do event planner salaries compare to similar careers?

Event planners earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than probation officers but more than substance abuse social workers.

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Event planner salary $48K
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Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)