Conference Manager Salary

Conference Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $52K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Conference Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Conference Managers (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,219 - $77,826
(Median)
$38K
$52K
$78K
MEDIAN: $51,605
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90%

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$11.15 - $39.45
(Median)
$11
$20
$39
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$38,219 - $77,826  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,766  
Profit Sharing
$2,275  
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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$36,523 - $78,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $39.45  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,766  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,275  
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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$36,523 - $78,244  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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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Survey takers who work as Conference Managers usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Event Management, Event Planning, and Contract Negotiation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Contract Negotiation. Event Planning is a skill commonly found among those who know Event Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Conference Manager

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


Conference Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $48K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Conference Managers make a median salary of $62K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $69K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Conference Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Skills That Affect Conference Manager Salaries

Event Management
up arrow 6%

National Average
$53,000

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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