Special Events Manager Salary (United States)

Special Events Managers in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $46,162 per year. Compensation ranges from $32,493 on the low end to $67,162 per year on the high end. With some bonuses running north of $8,250, profit sharing proceeds occasionally surpassing $14,795, and select commissions of $25K, total income for Special Events Managers can range between $32,493 and $67,162 according to individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Special Events Manager Salary (?
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$33,297 - $65,531
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MEDIAN: $45,676
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Special Events Manager Salary (?
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$11.71 - $29.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,297 - $65,531  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $14,795  
Commission
$1,014 - $24,658  
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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$32,493 - $67,162  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 882
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $29.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00 - $2.56  
Overtime
$14.03 - $36.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,250  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $24,658  
Profit Sharing
$1,216 - $14,795  
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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$32,493 - $67,162  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 81
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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 advance into the role of a Sr. Manager Trade Show Events—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $19,672 per year. It is quite typical for Special Events Managers to transition into roles as Director of Eventss or Non-Profit Development Directors, where expected earnings are an additional $11,194 or $7,306 per year.

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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, Project Management, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Event Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 10 percent, 8 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Organizational Development. Most people who know 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.
At career start, salaries are typically $42K, which grows to $49,618 after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $53K. After 20 years on the job, salaries actually take a dive for Special Events Managers, averaging around $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Special Events Managers in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, and San Francisco also offer top salaries for Special Events Managers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 14 percent, 10 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more, respectively. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 19 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (-16 percent) and Atlanta (-15 percent).

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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries

National Average
$46,000

Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries

Event Management
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$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
38%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 13%
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