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Special Events Manager Salary
in Chicago, Illinois

$87,312 (USD)

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Last updated: June 18, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Special Events Manager is $87,312 a year and $42 an hour in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The average salary range for a Special Events Manager is between $61,822 and $108,188. On average, a Bachelor's Degree is the highest level of education for a Special Events Manager. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in Chicago, Illinois.

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Job Summary

  • Manages the strategy and planning of activities, and oversees staff responsible for coordinating and organizing meetings and special events and of various sizes.
  • Plans logistics and negotiates contract(s) for conferences, and/or events, with respect to budgets, speakers, entertainment, transportation, facilities, technology, equipment, logistical requirements, printing, food and beverage, and other related issues.
  • Negotiates terms and fees, and executes and administers multiple contracts with facilities, vendors, speakers, entertainers, etc., for service, in accordance with budget constraints and company policies and procedures.
Special Events Manager Job Prevalence in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job family: Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners

Job family population: 102,420

Estimated population of Special Events Manager jobs: 47,825

Rate of error: 1.5%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



About Chicago, Illinois

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Description: Chicago ( (listen), locally also ), officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,705,994 (2018), it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, and the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States. The metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated...

Special Events Manager Job Listings for Chicago, Illinois

Special Event Management Trainee
Jun 17
Downers Grove, IL, USA
IMMEDIATE HIRE: Marketing Management Firm
Serve as Event Manager when necessary * Serve as an enthusiastic member of the event staff and lead by example for interns The special events training program uses a hands on approach that will ...
Event Coordinator - Event Specialists - Entry Level
Jun 10
Brookfield, IL, USA
IMMEDIATE HIRE: Marketing Management Firm
... events and grow into a campaign management role to develop new clients. This position is considered to be a crucial member of the Special Events team and reports directly to the Promotions ...
Coordinator, Special Events
May 13
Chicago, United States
Relationship Management with vendors and sponsors; build relationships that translate into event opportunities. Identify outside sponsors for Macy's Special Events with the potential to offset ...
Hospitality - Special Projects Manager / Event Operations
May 16
Arlington Heights, IL, USA
Crepes a Latte
The Special Projects Manager / Event Operations' mission is to develop and implement key ... Travels to locations across the United States for multi-day hospitality events to support 6-12 ...
Convention Services Manager
Jun 4
Chicago, IL, USA
Gecko Hospitality - Forbes @ Best 2019
Job Duties Convention services managers must often meet with representatives of groups and organizations to discuss what they have in mind for their meeting or special event. They may sign ...
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