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Conference Manager Salary

The average Conference Manager in the United States earns approximately $51K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Conference Managers who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Conference Managers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$38,968 - $72,932
MEDIAN: $50,579

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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.
$38,968 - $72,932  
$0.00 - $7,625  
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).
$39,064 - $75,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135

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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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Professional skills reported by Conference Managers are few in number. 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.

More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $45K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 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%