What Is a ‘Typical’ Event Planner Salary?
It’s important to price your event planning services correctly so you make money and have cash flow to keep your business alive, but how much can you expect to make? What is a ‘typical’ event planner salary?
Money isn’t the only reason you should get into event planning; things like passion, organization and people skills should also be considered. But it’s still important to know how much you can expect to make each year.
Event Planner Salary
Aside from being a celebrity event planner, and depending on where you live and what type of events you plan (weddings vs. corporate, for example), will depend on the average event planner salary you can expect to earn.
Having said that, according to payscale.com, most event planners earn an average income of $45,000/yr and salary.com says the average event planner salary is $51,216–$69,887.
Lynda, a 36-year-young retail manager switched careers because she’s dreamed about being a wedding planner for many years. She started working with a local wedding and event company outside New York City and said her base salary started at $42,000 for the first year and then increased in her second year (based on performance). Lynda had very little event experience, but she had a ton of energy and passion and her employer recognized that.
Monica has been planning events for nearly five years for a large legal firm and is paid $56,000/yr. This year she’s becoming a certified meeting planner and can expect her event planner salary to increase once she’s completed the course.
Tom started his event planning business in 2012 after leaving a job he hated. While he was nervous and scared to leave the comfort of ‘having a job’, Tom also knew that the reward of starting a business would outweigh any worries he had before he took a leap of faith. Tom had to work hard to get his name and business cards in the hands of his ideal client, but it’s paid off and his take home salary ranges between $82-105,000/year. Learn the steps to start an event planning business.
As an independent event planner, are you wondering what a typical event planner salary is, how event planners charge for their services and make money? If so, then today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV is for you.
How much to charge for your event services is one of our most asked questions. It’s a natural question for planners who are new to the events industry, but many seasoned pros continue to struggle with this as well.
The key to making a higher event planner salary is to continue to learn and improve your knowledge and skills, no matter where you’re at in your event planning career or business.
Most event planners don’t get into the field for the money, however the industry continues to grow and there’s always a need for event planners.
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In the comments, let us know what questions you have about an event planners salary.
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