Special Events Manager Salary

Special Events Managers in the United States can expect wages of $46K per year on average. Total cash compensation for Special Events Managers runs from $33K to $67K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $15K. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Special Events Managers (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,642 - $65,583
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,758
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90%

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$11.40 - $28.25
(Median)
$11
$17
$28
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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
$33,642 - $65,583  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,726  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $14,795  
Commission
$993 - $25,168  
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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$32,836 - $66,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 799
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $28.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.75 - $4.38  
Overtime
$15.89 - $37.30  
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 - $9,726  
   
Commission
$993 - $25,168  
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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$32,836 - $66,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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 it's uncommon, some Special Events Managers move into roles as Senior Trade Show Events Managers, where pay is an average $66K per year. Special Events Managers typically move into roles as Directors of Events or Special Events Directors, and those positions pay $12K more and $9K more, 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, 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. Most people experienced in 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. On average, Special Events Managers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Special Events Managers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Special Events Managers, Dallas provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Special Events Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+22 percent), Washington (+14 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 19 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Employers in Denver and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (17 percent less).

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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 159 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: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 15%
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