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. Total cash compensation to Senior Event Managers approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $108K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $11K from profit sharing. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. There are far more female Senior Event Managers who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 80 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Senior Event Managers report high levels of job satisfaction.

$43,777 - $101,495
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$44K
$64K
$100K
MEDIAN: $64,396
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$15.05 - $45.57
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,777 - $101,495  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,503  
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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$45,227 - $107,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,503  
   
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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$45,227 - $107,908  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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 generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 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 skilled in Event Management are similarly competent in 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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $56K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $64K. On average, Senior Event Managers make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


Senior Event Managers in San Francisco, San Jose, and Los Angeles — all located in California — not only make more than the national average for those in this profession but represent the highest-paid cities in the country for Senior Event Managers. Senior Event Managers in Atlanta make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Miami and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 17 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%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

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 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
36%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

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