Career

Hospitality, Food, and Tourism

 

Event Planner

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Coordinates promotional sales events, professional meetings and family events. Works with clients, develops event plans and budgets, finds appropriate sites, contracts for services and supplies, coordinates with on-site staff, oversees finances and assists during an event.

Job Outlook

There were 1342 Event Planner job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 49590 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Event Planner industry, which includes the Event Planner career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Event Planner jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $45,093.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $42,280.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Event Planner postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $35,456.

Education and Experience

Posted Event Planner jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree6%
Bachelor's Degree52%
Master's Degree5%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other36%

Posted Event Planner jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years51%
3 to 5 years42%
6 to 8 years4%
9+ years3%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Event Planner positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (45%)
  • Planning (44%)
  • Organizational Skills (35%)
  • Detail-Oriented (28%)
  • Microsoft Office (27%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Event Planning (38%)
  • Budgeting (27%)
  • Scheduling (23%)
  • Customer Service (22%)
  • Event Management (13%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Project Management (14%)
  • Sales (13%)
  • Customer Contact (10%)
  • Staff Management (9%)
  • Social Media (8%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Banquet Event Orders (BEOs) (5%)
  • Audiovisual (5%)
  • Fundraising (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Event Planner skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Event Coordinator
  • Event Manager
  • Planner
  • Event
  • Event Assistant

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Event Planner jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Marriott International Incorporated (1315)
  • Bcd Travel (688)
  • Boston Market (676)
  • Panera Bread (658)
  • Bowlero Limited (403)

North Carolina

  • Bcd Travel (43)
  • University of North Carolina (33)
  • Panera Bread (18)
  • Marriott International Incorporated (18)
  • Covelli (16)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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