The Average Salary of Party Planners

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When private citizens or businesses host large parties or events, they frequently hire a professional party or event planner. These consultants may work for a company specializing in executing lavish affairs or be independent contractors. What they charge for their services is calculated in a variety of ways.

Company or Corporate Party Planners

Party planners employed by hotels, casinos, restaurants or convention centers normally work for a salary. Those who work for party planning companies are paid by the event or by the hour. Some customers tip the party planners and staff for extraordinary service.

Independent Contractors

The hourly rate for an independent party planner is highly dependent upon the demographics of the area and the experience of the planner. It generally ranges between $20 and $40 an hour. Some self-employed party planners charge per event and are paid between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the complexity of the event. Others charge a percentage of the overall cost of the affair.

Overall Salary View

According to, a United States party planner earned between $46,924 and $65,257 a year in 2009. The median salary in that year was $54,060.