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Special Events Manager Salary (United States)

Pay for Special Events Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $46K annually. Total cash compensation for Special Events Managers runs from $32K to $67K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The vast majority of Special Events Managers (87 percent) are women. Work is enjoyable for Special Events Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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  
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 (?
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 - $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  
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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Though not the most common occurrence, Special Events Managers sometimes become Senior Trade Show Events Managers, where the average income is $66K per year. When Special Events Managers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Directors of Events or Directors of Non-Profit Development. Those roles pay an additional $11K and $7K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager

Survey results suggest that Special Events Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management , 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.
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 $52K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $49K on average. A fair portion of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in five 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 percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Special Events Managers, New York offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), Boston (+10 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 19 percent below the national average. Denver and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 16 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries

Event Management
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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%