What does an Event Planner/Manager do?

Event planners develop, plan, and execute a variety of both internal and external events. They oversee all aspects of event planning and management, including identifying and working with a variety of external venues/facilities, negotiating contracts with vendors, and maintaining and managing event budgets. Event planners often manage all logistics on-site, which leads them to work long and non-traditional hours.

Event planners generally have a Bachelor's degree in hospitality management. Additionally, the best event planners have strong organizational, budgeting, and time management skills.

What responsibilities are common for Event Planner/Manager jobs?
  • Manage all aspects of an event from pre-planning, determining resource needs, pre-event marketing, and on-site coordination, to post event follow up
  • Order supplies needed for events and ensure items arrive in a timely fashion
  • Assist in site and vendor selection and negotiating the best possible rates and terms
  • Develop effective and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Supervise staff at events, assign duties, and provide general direction
  • Conduct post-event data and strategic analysis to inform future events
  • Plan and execute pre-event marketing
What are the typical qualifications for Event Planner/Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Hospitality Management, Marketing, Business, or Communications
  • 2-3 years experience planning and executing events of varying sizes
  • Ability to manage external vendor resources and relationships
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities and duties
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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3.5 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does an Event Planner/Manager make near United States?

$72,654 /yr
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Event Planner/Manager Career Path

Learn how to become an Event Planner/Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Event Planner/Manager Insights

Read what Event Planner/Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Streamlined CommunicationsStreamlined Communications
Event Manager
Oct 10, 2022

“directly leadership was good but anyone hire took day and weeks to respond to any and all requests”

Goodwill ProjectsGoodwill Projects
Event Manager
Aug 7, 2023

“Not having weekends but that was a given for an event and market manager role.”

British Institute of RadiologyBritish Institute of Radiology
Events Manager
Sep 30, 2021

“The younger staff were clicky and pretty much bullied me in my role so I left.”

Events Assistant
Dec 6, 2022

“Experience helped elevate me in my career and got me a far better opportunity than working here.”

Glue UpGlue Up
Global Event Manager
May 26, 2023

“it was difficult to balance work and personal life because you work at a global scale and have to assist everyone 24/7”

Event Planning Manager
Jun 23, 2021

“Salary is not comparable to being in the same position in the tech industry versus the hospitality industry.”

SBG SystemsSBG Systems
Event Manager
Nov 23, 2023

“I even had to fill out a fun quiz about myself which I thought was a great idea.”

Icecube Event ManagementIcecube Event Management
Event Management Intern
May 24, 2022

“I'm always grateful to Team Icecube for giving me such a great opportunity as a beginner.”

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Event Planner/Manager Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of event planners

The typical day of an event planner includes(https://www.glassdoor.com/Career/event-planner-career_KO0,13.htm)taking a client's vision and turning it into an event. An event planner is responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating all aspects of an event. Important tasks may include hiring vendors, overseeing staff, and ensuring that all aspects come together on the day of the event.

The best part about working as an event planner is that they're in demand in many industries to plan corporate events and retreats. Working conditions are often versatile too, as professionals may spend traditional work hours meeting with clients and vendors but nights and weekends overseeing events.

Event planners have the opportunity to earn competitive pay. The average salary for an event planner is $72,654 per year in the United States. Event planners who work with larger corporations planning large events may earn even more, sometimes up to $95,651 per year.

Working as an event planner can be a stressful job at times, as the client expects them to meet their goals while also maintaining the company budget. One challenge of being an event planner is that they must also maintain good relationships with vendors and have strong problem-solving skills in order to overcome common challenges.

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