$50,818
Avg. Salary
$18.86
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,052

Bonus

$1,965

Profit Sharing

$7,183

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Special Events Manager is $18.86 per hour.

The average pay for a Special Events Manager is $50,818 per year.

10%
$13.11
10%
$18.86
50%
$30.63
90%
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MEDIAN $18.86
10%
$37k
10%
$51k
50%
$74k
90%
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MEDIAN $50,818
$37,035 - $74,098
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$51K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,818
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$13.11 - $30.63
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MEDIAN: $18.86
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$0$75K
Salary $37,035 - $74,098
Bonus $102 - $10,294
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,696
Commission $1,521 - $19,489
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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$36,429 - $75,073
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 967
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $13.11 - $30.63
Hourly Tips $3.37
Overtime $18.83 - $44.22
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $102 - $10,294
Commission $1,521 - $19,489
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $9,696
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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$36,429 - $75,073
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 109

Job Description

Special events managers are required for businesses that host events for customers, potential customers, and employees. They are most commonly found in companies whose business involves public performances or other public events. This includes theaters, sporting venues, and concert halls. Special events managers must be very organized and aware of what people are interested in seeing.

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Special Events Manager Tasks
  • Develop and execute strategies for successful special events within budget.
  • Generate traffic and interest in the organization through timing and execution of events.
  • Provide marketing materials, images, and follow-up information to participants and internal departments.
  • Manage and support committees or planning staff.

Common Career Paths


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At the upper end, Special Events Managers who move into an Executive Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Executive Directors is a much higher $75K per year. Special Events Managers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Directors of Events or Special Events Directors. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills


Special Events Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Event Planning, Organizational Development, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Fundraising, and Customer Relationship Management. Those educated in Event Management tend to be well versed in Budget Management and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for a Special Events Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Special Events Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 287 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Special Events Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 243 salaries. An experienced Special Events Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 111 salaries. A Special Events Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,312

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Special Events Managers, 25 percent higher than the national average. Special Events Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+16 percent), New York (+12 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Austin (+7 percent). Special Events Managers may wish to avoid the below-average compensation found in smaller cities — Cleveland, Portland, and Denver are known as the cities with the worst salaries for Special Events Managers, and each location is home to fewer than a million residents. Employers in Portland and Denver also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Job Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Special Events Manager?

Special Events Manager in Los Angeles:
"LA Community is a great place to work!"
Pros: It's my home town!
Cons: Cost of living

Special Events Manager in Dallas:
"Extremely long hours."
Be willing to do everything it takes to produce a perfect event.

Special Events Manager in Seattle:
"Stressful but fun."
Pros: Working with volunteers to execute profitable events.
Cons: High stress, high levels of responsibility.

Special Events Manager in Tacoma:
"Love what you do!"
Pros: I thoroughly enjoy logistics, planning and seeing all your hardwork come together for others to enjoy. I love being able to work in the arts and help continue the growth of this realm by being able to support it with my fundraising and event efforts.
Cons: Currently not having and event team and doing more than the actual role of an event manager. There seems to be a lack of accountability however, colleagues love to have their hands in every pot.

Related Job Salaries

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

How Experience Affects Salaries

▲7%

▲4%

National Average
$51,000

▼1%

▼11%

How Skills Affect Salaries


National Average
$51,000

Event Planning
▼3%

Marketing Communications
▼3%

Organizational Development
▼3%

Event Management
▼4%



Sales
▼5%

▼8%

Customer Service
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 223 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 11%