Special Events Manager Salary

The average Special Events Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K per year. 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. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Special Events Managers are female. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,797 - $73,508
$36K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $48,758
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50%
90%

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$12.60 - $29.67
$13
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.42
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,797 - $73,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,034  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$35,380 - $73,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$12.60 - $29.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.27  
Overtime
$15.71 - $54.25  
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 - $10,034  
   
Commission
$1,454 - $19,933  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$35,380 - $73,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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

  • Develop and execute strategies for successful special events within budget.
  • Generate traffic and interest in the organization through timing and execution of events.
  • Provide marketing materials, images, and follow-up information to participants and internal departments.
  • Manage and support committees or planning staff.

Common Career Paths for Special Events Manager


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As Special Events Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Executive Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Executive Directors earn $75K on average per year. Special Events Managers most often move into positions as Directors of Events or Special Events Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Special Events Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Event Planning, Organizational Development, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service and Fundraising. For most people, competency in Event Management indicates knowledge of Budget Management and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Special Events Manager

Pay by Experience for a Special Events Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 287 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 243 salaries. An experienced Special Events Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 111 salaries. A Special Events Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,620

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

With a pay rate for Special Events Managers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Special Events Managers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+19 percent), New York (+14 percent), Boston (+13 percent), and Austin (+9 percent). For Special Events Managers, location is an influential factor in determining pay, and small cities are best to be avoided for those eager to increase earning potential. Cleveland, Portland, and Denver — three cities with fewer than a million residents — not only report salaries that trail behind the national average, but are in fact the lowest-paid American cities for those in the field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Portland (14 percent lower) and Denver (12 percent lower).

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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 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries

▲11%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$50,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries


Event Management
▼0%

Event Planning
▼0%

Marketing Communications
▼0%

Organizational Development
▼0%

National Average
$50,000



Sales
▼2%

▼5%

Customer Service
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 12%