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Special Events Manager Salary (United States)

Median pay for Special Events Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $46K annually. In the world of Special Events Managers, overall cash earnings stretch from $33K near the bottom to $67K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $7K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $15K, along with commissions approaching $25K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 87 percent of Special Events Managers are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Special Events Manager Salary (?
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$33,173 - $65,205
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MEDIAN: $45,793
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Special Events Manager Salary (?
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$11.70 - $29.15
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,173 - $65,205  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,096  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $14,899  
Commission
$993 - $25,168  
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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$32,628 - $66,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 851
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $29.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.98 - $2.58  
Overtime
$13.80 - $37.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,096  
   
Commission
$993 - $25,168  
Profit Sharing
$1,208 - $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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$32,628 - $66,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
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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 $66K per year on average. Special Events Managers typically move into roles as Directors of Events or Directors of Non-Profit Development, and those positions pay $11K more and $7K 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 Budget Management, Sales, Project Management, and Customer Relationship Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service and Organizational Development. Those familiar with Event Management also tend to 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.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $50K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $52K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $47K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Special Events Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+8 percent), Washington (+8 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Denver and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (16 percent less).

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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries

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$46,000

Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries

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$46,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
87%
female alumni
 
Male
13%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%