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Senior Event Manager Salary

The market for Senior Event Managers is most competitive in California, where the three top-paying cities can be found: San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles. In the world of Senior Event Managers, total cash compensation can vary between $45K and $108K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $14K and $11K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Senior Event Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,698 - $100,648
(Median)
$44K
$65K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,549
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90%

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$15.05 - $45.57
(Median)
$15
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,698 - $100,648  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,191  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,926  
Commission
$4,000 - $8,242  
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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$45,322 - $107,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.05 - $45.57  
   
Overtime
$17.50 - $46.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,191  
   
Commission
$4,000 - $8,242  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,926  
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).
)
$45,322 - $107,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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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Popular Skills for Senior Event Manager


Survey results suggest that Senior Event Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategic Marketing, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Those listing Budgeting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Marketing Communications and Fundraising also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Event Management also know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Event Manager

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $56K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $64K. Senior Event Managers bring in $74K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Event Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Relative to Senior Event Managers in the rest of the country, Senior Event Managers in San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles see salaries beyond the national average. In fact, these California cities offer more pay than any other American city. The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 23 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to 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 13 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 30%

Strategic Marketing
up arrow 9%



Event Management
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$66,000

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 8%

Fundraising
up arrow 9%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 10%

Budgeting
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%
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