Special Events Manager Salary

Special Events Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $46K per year. Cash earnings for Special Events Managers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $33K to approximately $67K. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Special Events Managers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,968 - $65,883

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$11.32 - $28.42

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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,968 - $65,883  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,734  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
Commission
$993 - $20,134  
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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$33,089 - $66,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,734  
   
Commission
$993 - $20,134  
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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$33,089 - $66,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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 do not often transition into Senior Manager Trade Show Events roles. The role averages $66K per year. When Special Events Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Directors of Events or Special Events Directors. Those roles pay an additional $12K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills 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 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service and 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $47K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


Dallas offers some of the highest pay in the country for Special Events Managers, 30 percent above the national average. Special Events Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 percent less and 17 percent less, respectively).

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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

Event Planning
up arrow 3%

Fundraising
up arrow 3%

Organizational Development
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 150 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
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 14%
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