Senior Event Manager Salary

The majority of Senior Event Managers in the United States — nearly one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $48K to $100K per year, and the median is $64K annually. Total cash earnings of Senior Event Managers range from $48K on the low end to $100K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $20K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Senior Event Managers who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact.

$46,493 - $91,808
$46K
$64K
$92K
MEDIAN: $64,021
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$16.18 - $58.17
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MEDIAN: $24.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$46,493 - $91,808  
   
Bonus
$1,000 - $14,833  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,866  
Commission
$3,020 - $29,799  
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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$47,863 - $99,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$16.18 - $58.17  
   
Overtime
$26.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,000 - $14,833  
   
Commission
$3,020 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,866  
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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$47,863 - $99,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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Job Description for Senior Event Manager

A senior event manager is in charge of overseeing all events for their organization. They prepare event documentation, as well as coordinate with customers to ensure they are fully satisfied with functions held at the manager's facilities. The senior event manager must communicate with the customer before and after the event; they often serve as the customer's primary point of contact.

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Senior Event Manager Tasks

  • Plan and manage a large schedule of complex events, ensuring facilities are ready and expectations set.
  • Assemble paperwork, gifts, registration, name badges, and other items for events.
  • Assist with social media and marketing strategies.
  • Explain and sell services and goods, building strong relationships with clients.
  • Report on all potential and actual events, including budgets and staffing.

Common Career Paths for Senior Event Manager


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Many Senior Event Managers move into a Director of Events role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Directors of Events on average bring in a similar salary to Senior Event Managers.

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Popular Skills for Senior Event Manager


Survey takers working as Senior Event Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategic Marketing, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 9 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Budgeting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Marketing Management and Marketing Communications also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Event Management also tend to know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Event Manager

Pay by Experience for a Senior Event Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Event Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 79 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Event Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 137 salaries. An experienced Senior Event Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 127 salaries. A Senior Event Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 29 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,192

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Senior Event Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Event Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Washington (+16 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Charlotte is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Boston and Miami earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (10 percent less and 9 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Event Manager

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Senior Event Manager Salaries

▲14%

▲10%

National Average
$66,000

▼4%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Senior Event Manager Salaries

People Management
▲30%

Strategic Marketing
▲9%

Contract Negotiation
▲4%

National Average
$66,000





Fundraising
▼9%

Marketing Communications
▼10%

Marketing Management
▼14%

Budgeting
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 12%
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