Trade Show Manager Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Trade Show Managers (just over two-fifths) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $59K. Most receive medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision insurance. Work is enjoyable for Trade Show Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the vast majority of Trade Show Managers (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,571 - $79,671
$36K
$58K
$80K
MEDIAN: $58,109
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50%
90%

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$13.27 - $27.97
$17
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,571 - $79,671  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,839  
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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$36,033 - $82,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 92
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$17.00  
   
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,839  
   
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).
)
$36,033 - $82,841  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6

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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


Survey results show that Trade Show Managers typically report just a few professional 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 as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those proficient in Event Planning are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Trade Show Manager

Pay by Experience for a Trade Show Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Trade Show Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 31 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Trade Show Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 35 salaries. An experienced Trade Show Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 43 salaries. A Trade Show Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 8 salaries.

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
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Trade Show Manager Salaries

▲23%

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$59,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect Trade Show Manager Salaries



Organizing
▼0%

National Average
$59,000

Budget Management
▼8%

Event Management
▼23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 16%
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