Special Events Manager Salary

Special Events Managers in the United States take home an average $46K annually. In the world of Special Events Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $34K on the lower end to $68K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $10K and profit sharing that approaches $15K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $25K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women make up the vast majority of Special Events Managers (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Special Events Managers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$34,744 - $66,830
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,432
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$11.52 - $33.46
(Median)
$12
$17
$33
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$34,744 - $66,830  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,732  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,544  
Commission
$1,973 - $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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$34,249 - $68,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 801
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.52 - $33.46  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$17.39 - $37.32  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,732  
   
Commission
$1,973 - $25,342  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,544  
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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$34,249 - $68,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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 $67K per year on average. Career advancement for the typical Special Events Manager often leads to becoming a Director of Events or a Special Events Director; median salaries in these positions are $12K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Survey results show that Special Events Managers use a fair number of 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 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service, Organizational Development, and Event Planning. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $44K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Special Events Managers see a median salary of $53K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $49K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,117

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

Home to some of the best pay for Special Events Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+21 percent), New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Washington (+11 percent). Special Events Managers in Cleveland make 21 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (18 percent lower) and Atlanta (15 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries




National Average
$47,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries


Project Management
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Sales
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Marketing Communications
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Event Management
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National Average
$47,000

Event Planning
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Fundraising
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Organizational Development
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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