Senior Event Manager Salary

Home to the three top-paying cities for Senior Event Managers in the United States (San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles), California dominates the job market for the field. Overall incomes of Senior Event Managers — including $14K bonuses, $11K profit sharing proceeds, and $20K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $45K and $106K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women account for the majority of Senior Event Managers who took the survey — 80 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Senior Event Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,881 - $100,516

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$15.05 - $45.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,881 - $100,516  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,425  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,926  
Commission
$1,007 - $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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$45,344 - $105,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 373
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 - $14,425  
   
Commission
$1,007 - $19,866  
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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$45,344 - $105,891  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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


Senior Event Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 6 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 experienced in 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.


For many Senior Event Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $56K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $63K on average. Senior Event Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Senior Event Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


California is a land of opportunity for Senior Event Managers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles all offering salaries above the national rate. Senior Event Managers in Atlanta earn salaries far below the national average by 23 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (17 percent lower) and Boston (13 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 9%


Event Management
up arrow 2%

Project 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 54 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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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