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Special Events Manager Salary

Special Events Managers in the United States take home an average $46K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Special Events Managers can bottom out near $33K or peak near $67K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority (86 percent) of Special Events Managers who took the survey are female. Most Special Events Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,587 - $65,455
(Median)
$34K
$46K
$65K
MEDIAN: $45,794
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50%
90%

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$11.48 - $28.89
(Median)
$11
$18
$29
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
$33,587 - $65,455  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,648  
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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$32,865 - $66,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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
$11.48 - $28.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.75 - $4.38  
Overtime
$16.11 - $37.18  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,648  
   
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).
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$32,865 - $66,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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At the upper end, Special Events Managers who move into a Senior Manager Trade Show Events role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Trade Show Events Managers is a much higher $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 $8K more, 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 Sales, Budget Management, Project Management, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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. Special Events Managers see a median salary of $54K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $48K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


Special Events Managers will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+21 percent), Washington (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and San Francisco (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 19 percent below the national average. 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 11%


Project Management
up arrow 4%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 4%

Event Management
up arrow 1%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 1%

National Average
$47,000

Fundraising
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 3%


Customer Service
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 168 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

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: 55% employee benefits None: 14%
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