Commissions form a big slice (just over two-fifths) of total compensation for Trade Show Managers. The median income in this area hovers around $59K. For the most part, Trade Show Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most receive medical and dental insurance and the larger part get vision plans. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Trade Show Managers making up 77 percent.

$35,729 - $77,789
MEDIAN: $58,720

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$36,238 - $80,838  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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.


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

Trade Show Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. For Trade Show Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $66K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $74K.

Trade Show Manager Reviews

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

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Skills That Affect Trade Show Manager Salaries

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National Average

Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.


77 %
23 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 17%