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Conference Manager Salary

The average Conference Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Conference Managers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,991 - $72,323
MEDIAN: $50,929

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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.
$38,991 - $72,323  
$0.00 - $7,255  
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).
$39,114 - $74,773  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133

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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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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Conference Managers who took the survey. 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $46K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $51K. For Conference Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. 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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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 28 votes.


86 %
14 %

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: 55% employee benefits None: 14%