Trade Show Manager Salary

For Trade Show Managers, annual average wages total $54K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Trade Show Managers survey respondents are women (74 percent). Work is enjoyable for Trade Show Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$33,816 - $81,139
MEDIAN: $54,194

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$34,741 - $84,325  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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 Managers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Event Planning, Budget Management, Project Management, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Event Management and Organizing as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people familiar with Event Planning also know Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Trade Show Managers. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $50K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $58K. Trade Show Managers see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Trade Show Managers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $76K.

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 Salaries

National Average

Skills That Affect Salaries

Event Planning

National Average

Project Management
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Budget Management
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Event Management
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Job Satisfaction

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


74 %
26 %

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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%