Conference Managers in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Conference Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Conference Managers are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,076 - $84,311
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$35K
$51K
$84K
MEDIAN: $51,354
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$14.00 - $40.00
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,076 - $84,311  
   
Bonus
$297.99 - $9,933  
Profit Sharing
$1,558  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$34,543 - $84,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $40.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$4.35  
Overtime
$26.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$297.99 - $9,933  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,558  
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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$34,543 - $84,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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Conference Managers often end up in upper-level roles like Director of Events. Directors of Events bring home $60K annually on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Conference Manager

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


Conference Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $49K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $51K on average. On average, Conference Managers make $71K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $75K.

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Experience Affects Conference Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 33%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Conference Manager Salaries

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$53,000

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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