For Entry-Level Event Managers, annual average wages total $44K per year. The final incomes of Entry-Level Event Managers generally vary between $30K and $63K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $8K, $5K, and $18K, respectively. Residence and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all — roughly a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Most Entry-Level Event Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$30,931 - $61,362
(Median)
$31K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,126
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$10.64 - $24.12
(Median)
$11
$15
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$30,931 - $61,362  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,095  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $5,128  
Commission
$1,012 - $18,383  
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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$30,252 - $62,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 876
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.64 - $24.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.20 - $15.00  
Overtime
$12.83 - $38.63  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,095  
   
Commission
$1,012 - $18,383  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $5,128  
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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$30,252 - $62,671  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,804

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For Entry-Level Event Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Event Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Boston (+18 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Raleigh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Denver (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Event Manager Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Event Manager in Washington:
"Be prepared to manage stress and thrive in that environment."
Long hours, difficult clients and tight deadlines consume your life daily. I found those who succeed in this industry embrace the adrenaline and have positive attitudes in spite of difficult elements.

Event Manager in Chambersburg:
"You gotta really like working with people."
Be Flexible, Personable, Independent, Dependable and Competent. This is not a 9-5 job. Budget your time wisely. The job can be demanding and draining, but also fun.

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Skills That Affect Event Manager Salaries




Budget Management
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Customer Relations
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Event Management
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Event Planning
0%

National Average
$44,000

People Management
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Marketing Management
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 3%

Organizing
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Operations Management
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Microsoft Office
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Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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