Special Events Manager Salary

For Special Events Managers, annual average wages total $46K per year. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Special Events Managers — as high as $10K, $15K and $25K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $33K to $67K. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Special Events Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Special Events Managers far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,878 - $65,673
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,861
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90%

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$11.32 - $28.42
(Median)
$11
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,878 - $65,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,741  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
Commission
$1,000 - $25,000  
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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$33,012 - $66,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 795
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.32 - $28.42  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.75 - $4.38  
Overtime
$16.96 - $37.42  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,741  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $25,000  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
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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$33,012 - $66,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Special Events Manager


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Special Events Managers who advance into the role of a Senior Manager Trade Show Events are fairly uncommon. Senior Trade Show Events Managers on average earn $66K per year. A common career progression for a Special Events Manager is to become a Director of Events or a Special Events Director. Compared to Special Events Managers, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Special Events Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Sales, Project Management, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Organizational Development. For most people, competency in Event Management indicates knowledge of Budget Management and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Manager

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $43K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Special Events Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Special Events Managers that is 30 percent greater than the national average, Dallas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Events Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), Washington (+12 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Denver and 17 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries


Sales
up arrow 7%


Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 2%

Event Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Organizational Development
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%
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