Senior Event Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $65K annually on average but can range from $49K to $99K per year. Cash earnings for Senior Event Managers — which occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and more than $14K from profit sharing — stretch from around $49K to approximately $99K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority (85 percent) of Senior Event Managers who took the survey are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$47,918 - $96,477
(Median)
$48K
$65K
$96K
MEDIAN: $64,814
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$17.38 - $48.66
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$17
$27
$49
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$47,918 - $96,477  
   
Bonus
$1,476 - $10,926  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,000  
Commission
$8,000  
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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$48,818 - $99,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$17.38 - $48.66  
   
Overtime
$38.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$1,476 - $10,926  
   
Commission
$8,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $14,000  
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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$48,818 - $99,413  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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

  • Explain and sell services and goods, building strong relationships with clients.
  • Report on all potential and actual events, including budgets and staffing.
  • Assist with social media and marketing strategies.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Event Manager


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For Senior Event Managers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Event Managers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Director of Events.

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Popular Skills for Senior Event Manager


Senior Event Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent and 8 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. It is often found that people who know Event Management are also skilled in Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Event Manager

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


Senior Event Managers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Senior Event Managers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $60K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $64K. For Senior Event Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,467

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Event Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 43 percent above the national average. Senior Event Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), San Jose (+19 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Houston (+14 percent). Senior Event Managers in Atlanta report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Miami and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Event Manager Salaries



National Average
$66,000



Skills That Affect Senior Event Manager Salaries

People Management
up arrow 29%

Strategic Marketing
up arrow 8%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%


Marketing Communications
up arrow 10%

Fundraising
up arrow 10%

Marketing Management
up arrow 16%

Budgeting
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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