Trade Show Manager Salary

The average Trade Show Manager in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K annually. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Trade Show Managers making up 75 percent. Most Trade Show Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage.

$33,590 - $80,233
MEDIAN: $55,522

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$33,590 - $80,233  
$0.00 - $10,241  
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$34,775 - $83,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 162
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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

Survey results show that Trade Show Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Event Planning, Budget Management, and Organizing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Event Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Organizing and Budget Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Trade Show Manager

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

Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $51K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $59K on average. On average, Trade Show Managers make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $76K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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

National Average

Skills That Affect Trade Show Manager Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

National Average

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Event Management
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.


75 %
25 %

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: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 12%