Conference Manager Salary

The average Conference Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $51K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Conference Managers is high. Women account for the majority of Conference Managers who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,181 - $73,107
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$73K
MEDIAN: $51,196
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$10.30 - $38.78
(Median)
$10
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,181 - $73,107  
   
Bonus
$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).
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$38,814 - $75,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $38.78  
   
National Annualized 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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$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).
)
$38,814 - $75,006  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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.

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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $47K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $51K on average. For Conference Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $62K.

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Experience Affects Conference Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Conference Manager Salaries

National Average
$52,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Contract Negotiation
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 14%
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