Special Events Manager Salary

Special Events Managers in the United States take home approximately $46K annually on average. Cash earnings of Special Events Managers — including $10K in bonuses, $15K in profit sharing proceeds, and $25K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $34K to approximately $68K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Special Events Managers are female. Job satisfaction for Special Events Managers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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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 (?
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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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Special Events Managers sometimes assume positions such as Senior Trade Show Events Managers. That role pays $67K per year on average. Special Events Managers most often move into positions as Directors of Events or Special Events Directors; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Special Events Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. Most people familiar with 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $44K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $53K in this role. For some reason, Special Events Managers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,117

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

For Special Events Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 21 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Denver and 15 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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