A celebrity event planner is responsible for the planning and coordination of events hosted by the rich and famous. These professionals often travel frequently to meet with their celebrity clients and to manage lavish parties and events thrown across the world. The job often requires long hours and high amounts of stress as these professionals work to meet the needs of many demanding clients at once.
According to Simply Hired, the average salary for a celebrity event planner is $68,000 per year, as of December 2013.
Average salaries for a celebrity event planner may vary from one city to another. As of December 2013, Simply Hired cites the average annual salary of these professionals in Los Angeles, California, at $76,000, $85,000 in New York City, New York, $66,000 in Miami, Florida, and $64,000 in Nashville, Tennessee.
The amount a celebrity event planner earns may be determined by how well-known their business is the type of event, the years of experience spent working in the field and the level of celebrities on the client list. For example, planning an awards show after-party for an A-list movie star would generate more revenue than a birthday party for a lesser known client.
Employment of event planners is expected to increase 44 percent between 2010 to 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (Ref. two). As the popularity of celebrating special occasions, such as landmark birthdays and anniversaries in an over-the-top manner continues to surge in popularity, there will be a continued need for celebrity event planners to coordinate the parties.
Getting into the Field
Many celebrity event planners get their start by working under a more senior event planner, to gain experience and to make contacts. Others start by running a similar business, such as catering and eventually transition into taking on additional event planning responsibilities. While a degree isn’t required to find work in the field, many celebrity event planners have a bachelor’s degree in a field such as marketing, hospitality or business.