Special Events Manager Salary

Special Events Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50K annually. Total cash compensation to Special Events Managers ranges from $36K on the lower end to $75K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $10K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Events Managers. The vast majority (88 percent) of Special Events Managers who took the survey are female. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,578 - $74,087
$37K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,188
10%
50%
90%

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$13.55 - $30.46
$14
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.73
10%
50%
90%

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$0$74K
Salary $36,578 - $74,087
Bonus $0.00 - $10,212
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,304
Commission $1,026 - $20,203
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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$36,024 - $74,700
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 501
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $13.55 - $30.46
Hourly Tips $1.19
Overtime $19.15 - $45.78
Annual Data $0$74K
Bonus $0.00 - $10,212
Commission $1,026 - $20,203
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,304
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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$36,024 - $74,700
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 56

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Job Description for Special Events Manager

Special events managers are required for businesses that host events for customers, potential customers, and employees. They are most commonly found in companies whose business involves public performances or other public events. This includes theaters, sporting venues, and concert halls. Special events managers must be very organized and aware of what people are interested in seeing.

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Special Events Manager Tasks

  • Develop and execute strategies for successful special events within budget.
  • Generate traffic and interest in the organization through timing and execution of events.
  • Provide marketing materials, images, and follow-up information to participants and internal departments.
  • Manage and support committees or planning staff.

Common Career Paths for Special Events Manager


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At the upper end, Special Events Managers who move into an Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Directors is a much higher $75K per year. Special Events Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Directors of Events or Special Events Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Special Events Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Event Planning, Organizational Development, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Fundraising, and Customer Relationship Management. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed in Budget Management and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Manager

Pay by Experience for a Special Events Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 287 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 243 salaries. An experienced Special Events Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 111 salaries. A Special Events Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,728

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Events Managers, 25 percent higher than the national average. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Austin (+7 percent). Special Events Managers may wish to avoid the below-average compensation found in smaller cities — Cleveland, Portland, and Denver are known as the cities with the worst salaries for Special Events Managers, and each location is home to fewer than a million residents. Employers in Portland and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as a Special Events Manager?

Special Events Manager in Seattle:
"Stressful but fun."
Pros: Working with volunteers to execute profitable events.
Cons: High stress, high levels of responsibility.

Special Events Manager in Tacoma:
"Love what you do!"
Pros: I thoroughly enjoy logistics, planning and seeing all your hardwork come together for others to enjoy. I love being able to work in the arts and help continue the growth of this realm by being able to support it with my fundraising and event efforts.
Cons: Currently not having and event team and doing more than the actual role of an event manager. There seems to be a lack of accountability however, colleagues love to have their hands in every pot.

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Key Stats for Special Events Manager

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries

▲8%

▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries


National Average
$51,000

Event Management
▼2%

Event Planning
▼2%

Marketing Communications
▼2%

Organizational Development
▼2%



Sales
▼4%

▼7%

Customer Service
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 11%
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