Earnings for Special Events Managers in the United States come in at around $48K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Special Events Managers can bottom out near $35K or peak near $73K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority (88 percent) of Special Events Managers who took the survey are female. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,159 - $72,808
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$35K
$48K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,788
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$12.11 - $28.87
(Median)
$12
$17
$29
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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,159 - $72,808  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,171  
Commission
$1,479 - $19,866  
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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$34,804 - $72,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 517
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $28.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.27  
Overtime
$15.55 - $40.00  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,744  
   
Commission
$1,479 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,171  
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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$34,804 - $72,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Manager Trade Show Events. The latter position pays an average of $67K annually. 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 $8K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Special Events Manager


Special Events Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Sales, Event Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Organizational Development, and Fundraising. 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $45K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $51K. Special Events Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,572

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

For Special Events Managers, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Boston (+17 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Special Events Managers in Cleveland earning a whopping 24 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (11 percent less) and Philadelphia (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects Special Events Manager Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Special Events Manager Salaries

Budget Management
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Sales
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$49,000

Event Management
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Project Management
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Event Planning
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Marketing Communications
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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 86 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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