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Special Events Manager Salary

An average Special Events Manager in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Special Events Managers (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Special Events Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,798 - $65,597
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$66K
MEDIAN: $45,824
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50%
90%

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$11.63 - $30.03
(Median)
$12
$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
$33,798 - $65,597  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,525  
Profit Sharing
$2,850 - $11,000  
Commission
$986 - $25,342  
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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$32,989 - $67,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 790
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
$11.63 - $30.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67 - $2.95  
Overtime
$16.34 - $37.29  
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 - $9,525  
   
Commission
$986 - $25,342  
Profit Sharing
$2,850 - $11,000  
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).
)
$32,989 - $67,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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 Special Events Managers do not often become Senior Trade Show Events Managers, the job pays $66K per year on average. Typical career progression for a Special Events Manager involves becoming a Director of Events or a Special Events Director, roles that pay $12K more and $8K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Special Events Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Sales, Project Management, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Organizational Development, and Event Planning. Those proficient in Event Management are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. Special Events Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $54K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Special Events Managers, Dallas offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Special Events Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+20 percent), Washington (+10 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. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (17 percent less) and Atlanta (16 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%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
0%

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 178 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: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 14%