Special Events Manager Salary (United States)

Salaries for Special Events Managers in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $46,162 per year. Pay ranges from $32,493 on the low end to $67,162 per year on the higher side. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Special Events Managers—as high as $8,250, $14,795 and $25K, respectively—each contribute to the degree of variability within cash compensation, ranging from $33,297 to $65,531. Residency and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority in this profession are lucky enough to receive benefits; most get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Job satisfaction for Special Events Managers is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Special Events Manager Salary (?
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$33,297 - $65,531
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MEDIAN: $45,676
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Special Events Manager Salary (?
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$11.71 - $29.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,297 - $65,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $14,795  
Commission
$1,014 - $24,658  
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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$32,493 - $67,162  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 882
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $29.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00 - $2.56  
Overtime
$14.03 - $36.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,250  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $24,658  
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $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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$32,493 - $67,162  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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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While not commonly seen, Special Events Managers who transition into a Sr. Manager Trade Show Events position may earn an additional $19,672 per year. Special Events Managers most often move into positions as Director of Eventss or Non-Profit Development Directors, where they can expect an extra $11,194 or $7,306 per year.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager

Special Events Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Organizational Development. The majority of those who know Event Management also know 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.
Starting out, salaries fall in the $42K range but grow to $49,618 after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $53K. For Special Events Managers, pay actually goes down to about $49K after two decades on the job. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Special Events Managers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, and San Francisco, where Special Events Managers typically earn around 14 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more than usual. In Cleveland, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn less than others in this profession; their -16 percent and -15 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries

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$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 13%
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