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Conference Manager Salary

Conference Managers in the United States pull down an average of $51K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Conference Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The vast majority (85 percent) of Conference Managers who took the survey are female. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,731 - $73,015
MEDIAN: $50,665

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$38,731 - $73,015  
$0.00 - $7,999  
Profit Sharing
$1,008 - $7,122  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
$38,708 - $75,197  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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Job Description for Conference Manager

Conference manager oversees all duties related to organizing conferences Duties that this manager may perform include finding sponsors to minimize client costs, following up with clients to confirm conference-related decisions, and locating the best vendors available within budget. The conference manager must present and respond to proposals and bids from vendors, find audio/visual providers, and determine accommodations for participants, conference locations, and transportation.


Conference Manager Tasks

  • Work with copywriters, graphic designers and webmasters to create print and Web communications used before, during and after the conference.
  • Work with caterers, venues and other vendors to negotiate contracts and determine conference cost.
  • Handle meeting logistics including travel for attendees, meeting setup, entertainment, and catering.
  • Arrange supplies and equipment for speakers, vendors and workshop leaders for the day of the event.

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Conference Managers only report a few specific skills. Event Planning and Contract Negotiation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Conference Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For Conference Managers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $51K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $46K. Conference Managers bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. Conference Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $62K.

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Experience Affects Conference Manager Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Conference Manager Salaries

Event Planning

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Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.


85 %
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%