What is a ‘typical’ event planner salary?

Pricing your event planning services correctly is important because you need money and cash flow to grow your event business, but how much can you expect to make?

How much to charge for your event services is a popular question especially from new planners, but many seasoned pros continue to struggle with it too.

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, where you live and what type of events you plan (weddings vs. corporate, for example), determines the average event planner salary you can expect to earn.

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, Monica and Tom

Lynda, a 36-year old nurse 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 planned 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 expects 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 about being his own boss.

Tom worked hard to get his name and business cards in the hands of his ideal client, but it’s paid off and his salary ranges between $82-105,000/year. Learn how to start an event planning business.

As an independent event planner, consider your event planner salary, and how event planners charge for their services and make money.

In today’s episode of EventPlanning BlueprintTV, let’s talk about how much money you can make as an event planner.

Watch it now!

The key to making a higher salary is to continue to learn and improve your knowledge and skills, no matter how much experience you have.

The event industry continues to grow and there’s always a need for event planners.

Now we’d love to hear from you.

In the comments, let us know what how you continue to learn and improve your knowledge and skills in the event industry.

We look forward to hearing from you…

Have a great day!


  1. Greek Street at8:53 am

    Yes, you’re right. Event planners can earn between $45000 to $55000. It all depends on your passion.


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