Special Events Manager Salary

Special Events Managers in the United States take home an average $49K per year. Overall cash earnings of Special Events Managers stretch from $35K near the bottom to $74K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $10K each, along with commissions approaching $20K in rare cases. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Special Events Managers are female. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,006 - $73,159
$36K
$49K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,350
10%
50%
90%

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$12.93 - $30.19
$13
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.50
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$36,006 - $73,159  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,018  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
Commission
$1,030 - $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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$35,498 - $73,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 513
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.93 - $30.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.27  
Overtime
$15.83 - $53.83  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,018  
   
Commission
$1,030 - $20,134  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$35,498 - $73,628  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 46

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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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As Special Events Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Directors earn $75K on average per year. Special Events Managers typically move into roles as Directors of Events or Special Events Directors, and those positions pay $10K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Survey results suggest that Special Events Managers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Event Planning, Organizational Development, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service and Fundraising. Most people who know Event Management also know 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: $50,063

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

Home to some of the best pay for Special Events Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 27 percent above the national average. Special Events Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+18 percent), New York (+13 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Austin (+8 percent). Relative to Special Events Managers in the rest of the country, smaller cities like Cleveland, Portland, and Denver see salaries below the national average. These cities in particular — each home to fewer than a million residents — offer Special Events Managers less pay than any other American city. Workers in Portland and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (14 percent less and 13 percent less, respectively).

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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 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries

▲10%

▲6%

▲1%

National Average
$50,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries


Event Planning
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

Event Management
▼1%

Marketing Communications
▼1%

Organizational Development
▼1%



Sales
▼3%

▼6%

Customer Service
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 11%
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