Conference Manager Salary
Average Conference Managers in the United States make around $50K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women account for the majority of Conference Managers who took the survey — 89 percent to be exact. A strong majority get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$34,645 - $77,885|
|Bonus||$293.61 - $10,137|
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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).)
|$34,515 - $81,822|
|Hourly Rate||$13.40 - $38.78|
|Bonus||$293.61 - $10,137|
|Total Pay (||$34,515 - $81,822|
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.Read More...
Additionally, the conference manager may also be expected to select high-quality speakers for the conferences, interviewing potential speakers and researching their background to determine if they are an appropriate fit. These managers are also tasked with handling registration processes (in person, over the telephone, and/or online) and ensuring they are organized and running smoothly. Conference managers also create the outline and schedule for the conference and organize awards if necessary.
This position generally requires at least a bachelor's degree, as well as relevant experience. Conference managers may work part time or full time; some positions may also be freelance. A conference manager may work for a company that specializes in organizing conferences for clients; larger companies that often hold conferences may offer this as an internal position as well.
Conference Manager Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
Pay by Experience Level for Conference Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Conference Managers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $48K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $51K. For Conference Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $67K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $75K.
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