Trade Show Manager Salary

For Trade Show Managers, yearly average wages total $54K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female Trade Show Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most Trade Show Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,409 - $81,526
(Median)
$33K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $54,289
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$0$29K$58K$87K
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$33,409 - $81,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$34,401 - $84,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 154
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Job Description for Trade Show Manager

Trade show managers are responsible for managing all aspects of trade show operations. They are in charge of facilitating the set-up, coordinating logistics, and removing of all trade show items after it is completed. They take part in planning and executing trade show activities from conception to cleaning duties. They lead a group of professionals by demonstrating excellent leadership skills in solving trade show issues, such as location, logistics, and installation problems. They strive to develop excellent business relationships with trade show associations and vendors. They manage contracts and adhere to protocols. They use their excellent negotiation skills to improve the condition of the budget. Trade show managers organize schedules and participate in pre-show and post-show gatherings to suggest changes to trade show activities. These individuals manage show metrics and tweak technical features to provide a better experience for all parties involved. They take part in the hiring of security and booth staff to provide a great experience for booth renters and expected visitors. They determine the appropriate equipment and report their progress to the trade show organizer.

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Trade Show Manager Tasks

  • Coordinate planning and materials for execution of trade show events and exhibits, including travel arrangements.
  • Oversee logos, branding, and messaging across departments.
  • Supervise exhibit development and creation, ensuring adherence to budget goals.
  • Review and select outside vendors to create exhibits or contribute to events.

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Popular Skills for Trade Show Manager


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Trade Show Managers who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Budget Management, Project Management, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Organizing and Project Management. For most people, competency in Event Planning indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Trade Show Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Trade Show Managers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $58K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $49K. Trade Show Managers bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. Trade Show Managers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $75K.

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Experience Affects Trade Show Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%



National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Trade Show Manager Salaries

Event Planning
0%

National Average
$55,000

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 14%
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