UK event coordinator salaries among lowest in the world

New research suggests the average UK event coordinator annual salary is £19,843 ($30,204), making it the eighth lowest paying country out of a list of eleven surveyed.

SponsorMyEvent compiled the results (Sources: PayScale; SponsorMyEvent)
SponsorMyEvent compiled the results (Sources: PayScale; SponsorMyEvent)

The data, which was compiled by SponsorMyEvent, showed that event co-ordinators in Italy earned the highest salary of £30,119 ($45,844), followed by the US (£24,705/$37,604) and Germany (£24,683/$37,570). South Africa pays the lowest wages to its event co-ordinators, with the average salary totalling £7,769 ($11,825).

This changes, however, at event director level, where UK directors were found to have the third-highest average salary of the countries surveyed. The average UK wage was £45,796 ($69,706), with only Germany (£47,749/$72,679) and Australia (£46,387/$70,605) ahead.

The research also looked at event managers within the UK, showing the average event manager salary in London was £35,166 ($53,526). This was over £10,000 higher than the average event manager salary in Birmingham, which was £22,516 ($34,272).

Manchester’s event managers earn an average of £29,997 ($45,659) per year, while the average salary for both Liverpool and Edinburgh is £25,014 ($38,074) and in Glasgow it is £23,013 ($35,028).

The report also measured gender distribution in the events industry globally, finding the industry was made up of 80% women and 20% men.

Peter Poehle, chief executive and co-founder of SponsorMyEvent, said: "Event coordinators are surprisingly well paid in Italy, whereas UK lags clearly behind. Event planners will be the most happy in the US and Australia. German directors of events cash in far beyond double compared to their direct neighbours in France, followed by Australia and the US."


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