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Special Events Manager Salary

Pay for Special Events Managers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $46K per year. Total incomes of Special Events Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $15K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $33K and $67K. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Special Events Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Special Events Managers are female. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,670 - $65,615
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,786
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90%

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$11.48 - $30.03
(Median)
$11
$18
$30
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
$33,670 - $65,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,668  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $14,899  
Commission
$1,000 - $25,000  
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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$32,851 - $67,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 787
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.48 - $30.03  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $37.24  
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 - $9,668  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $25,000  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $14,899  
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).
)
$32,851 - $67,095  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 69

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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 Senior Manager Trade Show Events position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Trade Show Events Managers is $66K per year. Directors of Events or Special Events Directors are common next-step roles for Special Events Managers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Directors of Events is $12K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Special Events Directors.

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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service and Organizational Development. Most people familiar with 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. Special Events Managers bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Special Events Managers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Special Events Managers, working in the bustling city of Dallas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Special Events Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), Washington (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+9 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Phoenix and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (18 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%

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Fundraising
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%


Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 170 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: 83% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%
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