Trade Show Manager Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Trade Show Managers. The median take-home amount in this area is around $59K, and on average, more than two-fifths of that final number comes from commissions. Most Trade Show Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Trade Show Managers making up 77 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,457 - $78,933
$35K
$59K
$79K
MEDIAN: $58,842
10%
50%
90%

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$12.75 - $28.21
$15
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,457 - $78,933  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
Commission
$26,350  
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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$35,983 - $82,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.00  
   
Overtime
$1.50  
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 - $10,090  
   
Commission
$26,350  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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).
)
$35,983 - $82,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Trade Show Manager


Trade Show Managers only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Event Planning, Organizing, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Event Management and Budget Management, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with Event Planning also know 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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $67K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $74K.

Trade Show Manager Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Trade Show Manager

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Trade Show Manager Salaries

▲24%

▲14%

▲1%

National Average
$59,000

▼18%

Skills That Affect Trade Show Manager Salaries



Organizing
▼0%

National Average
$59,000

Budget Management
▼9%

Event Management
▼24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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