Senior Event Manager Salary

The average Senior Event Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $64K annually. Total cash earnings of Senior Event Managers range from $46K on the low end to $101K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $14K and $10K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Women account for the majority of Senior Event Managers who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Senior Event Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part.

$45,383 - $98,024
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MEDIAN: $64,119
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$15.21 - $45.03
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,383 - $98,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,553  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,500  
Commission
$1,030 - $19,392  
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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$46,464 - $101,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 451
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $45.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.66  
Overtime
$28.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $13,553  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $19,392  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,500  
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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$46,464 - $101,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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.

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Senior Event Managers who go on to become Directors of Events may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Director of Events, an upper-level role, pays $59K.

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Popular Skills for Senior Event Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with People Management and Strategic Marketing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Budgeting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Marketing Communications and Fundraising also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Event Management indicates knowledge of 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $57K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $63K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Event Managers make a median salary of $74K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,671

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Event Managers, 52 percent higher than the national average. Senior Event Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+15 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Washington (+9 percent). Senior Event Managers in Atlanta make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (21 percent lower) and Boston (10 percent lower).

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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 31%

Strategic Marketing
up arrow 10%

Budget Management
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Event Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$66,000

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 8%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 9%

Fundraising
up arrow 9%

Budgeting
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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