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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.
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.
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According to Salary.com, 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.
Cassie Damewood has been a writer and editor since 1985. She writes about food and cooking for various websites, including My Great Recipes, and serves as the copy editor for "Food Loves Beer" magazine. Damewood completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing at Miami University.