Senior Event Manager Salary

The average Senior Event Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $64K annually. The range in cash compensation to Senior Event Managers (largely between $48K and $99K) includes potential earnings of $14K from bonuses, $20K from profit sharing, and commissions of $30K in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Senior Event Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The vast majority of Senior Event Managers (84 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$46,533 - $92,327
$47K
$64K
$92K
MEDIAN: $63,892
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$16.27 - $49.46
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$49
MEDIAN: $25.43
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$46,533 - $92,327  
   
Bonus
$995 - $13,807  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $19,866  
Commission
$3,020 - $29,799  
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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$47,886 - $98,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.27 - $49.46  
   
Overtime
$26.89  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$995 - $13,807  
   
Commission
$3,020 - $29,799  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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).
)
$47,886 - $98,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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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

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

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 exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with People Management, Strategic Marketing, and Contract Negotiation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 31 percent, 10 percent, and 5 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. Those proficient in Event Management are, more often than not, 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.


For Senior Event Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $64K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $61K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $76K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,746

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Senior Event Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Event Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), San Jose (+20 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and Houston (+15 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 16 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Miami (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Event Manager

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Senior Event Manager Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

National Average
$66,000

▼3%

▼7%

Skills That Affect Senior Event Manager Salaries

People Management
▲31%

Strategic Marketing
▲10%

Contract Negotiation
▲5%

National Average
$66,000





Marketing Communications
▼9%

Fundraising
▼9%

Marketing Management
▼13%

Budgeting
▼22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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