Becoming a Wedding Planner via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Penn Foster Career School, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering wedding planning courses to train individuals to become top-notch wedding planners, event planners, wedding consultants, bridal consultants, planners, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 51,530 people employed as meeting and convention planners alone in America, and their average annual salary is $48,060. Urban and regional planners make on average $64,680 per year and there are about 38,950 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Penn Foster Career School that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Typical Work Locations for a Wedding Planner
  • In a office
  • Wedding planning agency
  • From home
  • At a church
  • Catering companies
  • Resorts
  • Drive through wedding chapel
  • Music Venues
  • Event planning agencies
  • Banquet Halls
Potential Advantages and Benefits of Working as a Wedding Planner
  • Earn a good salary
  • Be creative
  • Meet a variety of people
  • Have the opportunity to start your own business
  • Be a part of an enjoyable occasion for your customers
  • Work without needing any special education
  • Have a flexible schedule
  • Have your office at home if you so desire
  • Attend weddings for your job
  • Help make peoples weddings exactly what they dreamed of
Potential Drawbacks
  • Be a good listener
  • Make a lot of telephone calls
  • Have to pick up the flowers from the florist
  • Have to be very diplomatic
  • Long hours
  • Deal with a lot of stress
  • Be good at negotiating
  • Be good at networking
  • Know certain styles and trends
  • Listen to peoples complaints and concerns
Related Professions to Consider
  • Caterer
  • Florists
  • Decor
  • Event Designer
  • Non-Wedding Party Planner
  • Corporate event planner
  • Wedding planner consultant
  • Photographer
  • DJs & Bands
  • Videographer
Possible Interview Questions When Applying to be a Wedding Planner
  • Are there any jobs you need to work on before you can apply for this job?
  • What is the use of aptitude tests?
  • What is the short term and long term effects of a wedding?
  • What leading have you done?
  • What our your expectations from us?
  • Do you have a degree?
  • What do you like about your most recent job?
  • Why are you interested in this job?
  • How do you deal with stress?
  • How well developed, are your problem solving skills?
Common Collaborating Professions
  • Organist
  • Florist
  • Bartender
  • Caterer
  • Pastor
  • Photographer
  • Dressmaker
  • Hair Stylist
  • Disc Jockey
  • Printer
Wedding Planner Training books Wedding Planner (More) Popular books Potential Companies to Work For Common College Majors
  • Bridal Consultant
  • Wedding and Event Planning
  • Business
  • Catering
  • Managing
  • Wedding Coordination
  • Business Administration
  • Event Planning
  • Accounting
  • Event and Design Production

Wedding Planner Salary Information

Category: Meeting and convention planners

Total # Employed in the US 51,530
Average Hourly Wage: $23.11/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$13.25 $16.72 $21.53 $27.95 $36.14
Average Yearly Salary $48,060
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$27,550 $34,770 $44,780 $58,140 $75,160
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.0% 10.4% 19.7% 10.2% 48.8% 8.8% 1.2%
Meeting and convention planners — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $26.52/hr $55,170
Delaware $26.45/hr $55,020
Oklahoma $26.33/hr $54,760
Missouri $25.71/hr $53,470
Mississippi $25.58/hr $53,200
North Dakota $25.48/hr $53,000
Kansas $24.88/hr $51,750
Colorado $24.72/hr $51,410
Indiana $24.51/hr $50,980
Wisconsin $23.33/hr $48,530
Connecticut $23.32/hr $48,500
New York $23.3/hr $48,470
Alaska $23.29/hr $48,440
Virginia $23.23/hr $48,320
District of Columbia $23.13/hr $48,120
Idaho $22.72/hr $47,260
Arkansas $22.31/hr $46,400
Wyoming $22.29/hr $46,370
Nebraska $21.72/hr $45,180
New Hampshire $21.68/hr $45,100
Utah $21.47/hr $44,660
Guam $21.12/hr $43,930
Louisiana $21/hr $43,670
North Carolina $20.75/hr $43,170
Hawaii $20.31/hr $42,250
Nevada $20.26/hr $42,140
Oregon $20.21/hr $42,030
Montana $20.17/hr $41,960
Tennessee $20.01/hr $41,630
Alabama $19.77/hr $41,130
Kentucky $19.7/hr $40,970
Michigan $19.62/hr $40,800
Maine $19.48/hr $40,510
Massachusetts $19.29/hr $40,130
South Carolina $19.21/hr $39,960
Washington $19.03/hr $39,580
Ohio $18.88/hr $39,260
Puerto Rico $18.71/hr $38,920
Maryland $18.62/hr $38,730
Iowa $18.4/hr $38,280
New Mexico $18.17/hr $37,790
New Jersey $17.22/hr $35,820
California $17.19/hr $35,760
South Dakota $16.4/hr $34,100
Pennsylvania $15.38/hr $31,980
West Virginia $13.79/hr $28,680


Category: Urban and regional planners

Total # Employed in the US 38,950
Average Hourly Wage: $31.1/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$18.97 $23.42 $29.72 $37.4 $45.58
Average Yearly Salary $64,680
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$39,460 $48,700 $61,820 $77,790 $94,800
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.0% 0.9% 3.2% 3.4% 35.6% 52.5% 4.5%
Urban and regional planners — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $40.33/hr $83,890
New York $37.89/hr $78,820
Colorado $37.89/hr $78,800
Kansas $36.01/hr $74,910
North Dakota $35.6/hr $74,050
Delaware $34.91/hr $72,610
Missouri $33.3/hr $69,270
Alaska $32.85/hr $68,320
Indiana $31.91/hr $66,370
Connecticut $31.33/hr $65,170
Mississippi $31.1/hr $64,690
Tennessee $30.91/hr $64,280
Virginia $30.76/hr $63,990
Nebraska $30.23/hr $62,890
Oklahoma $30.14/hr $62,700
Hawaii $30.11/hr $62,630
Montana $29.87/hr $62,130
Arkansas $29.83/hr $62,050
Maine $29.13/hr $60,600
New Mexico $29.06/hr $60,450
District of Columbia $29.04/hr $60,410
Idaho $27.82/hr $57,870
South Carolina $27.8/hr $57,830
Michigan $27.66/hr $57,530
South Dakota $27.65/hr $57,510
Pennsylvania $27.62/hr $57,450
Guam $27.57/hr $57,340
North Carolina $27.55/hr $57,290
Wyoming $27.41/hr $57,010
New Hampshire $26.99/hr $56,150
Ohio $26.98/hr $56,110
Oregon $26.61/hr $55,340
Louisiana $26.5/hr $55,110
Iowa $26.28/hr $54,660
Nevada $26.22/hr $54,530
Alabama $26.06/hr $54,210
West Virginia $24.39/hr $50,720
Puerto Rico $24.37/hr $50,690
Wisconsin $24.36/hr $50,670
Washington $24.35/hr $50,650
Kentucky $24.34/hr $50,630
Massachusetts $24.14/hr $50,220
New Jersey $23.75/hr $49,410
Utah $22.88/hr $47,590
California $21.59/hr $44,900
Maryland $19.84/hr $41,260


Category: Travel agents

Total # Employed in the US 76,990
Average Hourly Wage: $15.6/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$9.25 $11.62 $14.8 $18.45 $22.77
Average Yearly Salary $32,450
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$19,240 $24,180 $30,790 $38,370 $47,370
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
1.4% 20.9% 32.3% 12.0% 27.9% 4.7% 0.9%
Travel agents — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $18.48/hr $38,440
North Carolina $17.68/hr $36,770
Wisconsin $17.49/hr $36,380
North Dakota $17.1/hr $35,570
Colorado $17.01/hr $35,390
Alabama $16.96/hr $35,280
Oklahoma $16.8/hr $34,940
Idaho $16.73/hr $34,790
Mississippi $16.72/hr $34,780
Utah $16.6/hr $34,530
Kansas $16.55/hr $34,430
Puerto Rico $16.34/hr $33,980
Alaska $16.27/hr $33,840
Oregon $16.26/hr $33,810
Nebraska $16.21/hr $33,720
District of Columbia $15.64/hr $32,540
New Hampshire $15.51/hr $32,250
Wyoming $15.41/hr $32,060
Guam $15.39/hr $32,020
Connecticut $15.38/hr $32,000
Virginia $15.27/hr $31,770
Maine $15.18/hr $31,580
Iowa $15.15/hr $31,500
Missouri $14.87/hr $30,920
Kentucky $14.72/hr $30,610
Michigan $14.71/hr $30,590
Delaware $14.48/hr $30,120
Washington $14.43/hr $30,020
Montana $14.38/hr $29,910
Louisiana $14.36/hr $29,870
New Jersey $14.34/hr $29,820
Tennessee $14.26/hr $29,660
New York $13.85/hr $28,810
Ohio $13.78/hr $28,660
South Dakota $13.73/hr $28,550
New Mexico $13.62/hr $28,340
Arkansas $13.53/hr $28,140
California $13.46/hr $28,000
Indiana $13.4/hr $27,870
South Carolina $13.36/hr $27,780
West Virginia $13.13/hr $27,310
Hawaii $12.87/hr $26,780
Maryland $12.84/hr $26,710
Massachusetts $12.48/hr $25,960
Nevada $12.35/hr $25,700
Pennsylvania $11.11/hr $23,120


Category: Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks

Total # Employed in the US 224,360
Average Hourly Wage: $10.16/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$7.48 $8.29 $9.53 $11.45 $14.05
Average Yearly Salary $21,130
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$15,560 $17,240 $19,820 $23,820 $29,220
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
7.7% 36.0% 30.8% 9.4% 14.0% 1.9% 0.3%
Hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Indiana $16.3/hr $33,900
Florida $14.26/hr $29,660
New York $13.18/hr $27,410
Oklahoma $13.04/hr $27,110
Missouri $12.67/hr $26,340
Puerto Rico $11.47/hr $23,850
Colorado $11.44/hr $23,790
Alaska $11.32/hr $23,540
Delaware $10.91/hr $22,680
North Carolina $10.89/hr $22,660
North Dakota $10.81/hr $22,490
Mississippi $10.74/hr $22,340
Virginia $10.69/hr $22,230
Arkansas $10.64/hr $22,140
District of Columbia $10.58/hr $22,010
Connecticut $10.56/hr $21,970
Kansas $10.54/hr $21,930
Utah $10.45/hr $21,740
Tennessee $10.4/hr $21,620
Michigan $10.35/hr $21,520
Hawaii $10.3/hr $21,430
Massachusetts $10.08/hr $20,960
Washington $9.84/hr $20,470
Oregon $9.81/hr $20,410
Nebraska $9.79/hr $20,370
Montana $9.77/hr $20,310
Guam $9.46/hr $19,680
New Hampshire $9.42/hr $19,590
Ohio $9.38/hr $19,500
Maine $9.34/hr $19,430
New Jersey $9.23/hr $19,200
Idaho $9.15/hr $19,040
Wisconsin $9.1/hr $18,930
Nevada $9.06/hr $18,840
Louisiana $9.01/hr $18,750
West Virginia $8.92/hr $18,550
South Carolina $8.89/hr $18,490
Wyoming $8.77/hr $18,240
Pennsylvania $8.75/hr $18,210
Iowa $8.71/hr $18,120
New Mexico $8.6/hr $17,880
Kentucky $8.55/hr $17,780
Maryland $8.42/hr $17,510
Alabama $8.37/hr $17,410
South Dakota $8.33/hr $17,330
California $8.31/hr $17,280


Category: Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks

Total # Employed in the US 142,500
Average Hourly Wage: $15.58/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$9.44 $11.21 $15.03 $19.85 $22.79
Average Yearly Salary $32,400
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$19,640 $23,320 $31,250 $41,300 $47,410
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
3.8% 26.3% 32.4% 9.7% 23.9% 3.6% 0.3%
Reservation and transportation ticket agents and travel clerks — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Kansas $18.58/hr $38,640
Delaware $17.73/hr $36,880
Ohio $17.48/hr $36,350
Montana $17.26/hr $35,900
Florida $17.09/hr $35,550
Wyoming $16.95/hr $35,250
North Dakota $16.93/hr $35,220
Oklahoma $16.81/hr $34,970
New Hampshire $16.04/hr $33,370
Colorado $15.92/hr $33,110
Oregon $15.9/hr $33,070
North Carolina $15.84/hr $32,940
Hawaii $15.74/hr $32,750
Missouri $15.74/hr $32,740
Virginia $15.62/hr $32,490
Kentucky $15.48/hr $32,200
Arkansas $15.42/hr $32,070
Alaska $15.39/hr $32,000
Tennessee $15.36/hr $31,960
South Carolina $15.34/hr $31,910
Mississippi $15.29/hr $31,810
Nebraska $15.08/hr $31,360
South Dakota $15/hr $31,200
Massachusetts $14.99/hr $31,170
Iowa $14.84/hr $30,860
Connecticut $14.77/hr $30,710
California $14.74/hr $30,660
Indiana $14.36/hr $29,870
New York $14.22/hr $29,580
Utah $14.21/hr $29,550
New Mexico $13.95/hr $29,020
Louisiana $13.46/hr $28,000
Guam $12.8/hr $26,630
Wisconsin $12.67/hr $26,360
Michigan $12.62/hr $26,240
Maine $12.58/hr $26,170
Puerto Rico $12.47/hr $25,930
Alabama $12.18/hr $25,330
Washington $11.66/hr $24,240
District of Columbia $11.51/hr $23,940
New Jersey $11.23/hr $23,350
Nevada $11.06/hr $23,010
Pennsylvania $10.91/hr $22,700
West Virginia $10.28/hr $21,390


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