Trade Show Manager Salary

The average Trade Show Manager in the United States earns approximately $54K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Trade Show Managers making up 76 percent. Most Trade Show Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage.

$33,381 - $81,023

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$33,381 - $81,023  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
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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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$34,377 - $83,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
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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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Organizing and Project Management. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Trade Show Manager

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $49K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $58K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $61K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $75K.

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What is it like working as a Trade Show Manager?

Trade Show Manager in Atlanta:
"Shows and Events Manager Pay Review."
Pros: Amazing company culture. Lots of freedom. Wear multiple hats. Multi role. Opportunity for promotion.
Cons: Terrible pay. Ambiguity results in no formal recognition for job skills.

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Experience Affects Trade Show Manager Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Trade Show Manager Salaries

Event Planning
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National Average
$55,000

Budget Management
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Project Management
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 14%
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