Special Events Managers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $49K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Special Events Managers — as high as $10K, $5K and $20K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $35K to $74K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Women make up the vast majority of Special Events Managers (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,427 - $73,601
$35K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,575
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50%
90%

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$12.18 - $29.39
$12
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,427 - $73,601  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,835  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,135  
Commission
$1,454 - $19,933  
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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$34,862 - $73,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$12.18 - $29.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.27  
Overtime
$15.97 - $53.33  
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 - $9,835  
   
Commission
$1,454 - $19,933  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,135  
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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$34,862 - $73,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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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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Special Events Managers who go on to become Senior Trade Show Events Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Trade Show Events Managers is $67K annually. 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 $11K higher on average, and it's $7K higher for Special Events Directors.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Survey results imply that Special Events Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Organizational Development, Event Management, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Marketing Communications, and Fundraising. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $45K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Special Events Managers bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,244

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

With a pay rate for Special Events Managers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Seattle (+5 percent). Special Events Managers in Cleveland make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Atlanta and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, 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 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries


Organizational Development
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National Average
$49,000



Sales
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
35%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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