Senior Event Manager Salary

Demand for Senior Event Managers runs highest in California; the three top-paying cities in the United States are San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles. Total cash compensation to Senior Event Managers bottoms out near $45K and approaches $108K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $14K from bonuses and almost $11K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The vast majority of Senior Event Managers (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,715 - $101,503
(Median)
$44K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,306
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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
$43,715 - $101,503  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,289  
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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$45,156 - $108,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,289  
   
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).
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$45,156 - $108,115  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 show that Senior Event Managers use a fair number of 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 31 percent, 9 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Those listing Budgeting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Marketing Communications and Fundraising also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Event Management also tend to know Budget Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Event Manager

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $56K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $64K on average. Senior Event Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $73K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Event Managers, above-average compensation can be found in California — San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles are known as the cities with the best salaries for Senior Event Managers. Senior Event Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Event Managers in Atlanta bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Miami and 13 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 9%


Event Management
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$66,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Contract Negotiation
up arrow 9%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 9%

Fundraising
up arrow 9%

Budgeting
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%
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