Event planning is not just about throwing fun events or great parties- it's a lot of hard work. It takes serious and planning to hold even an adequate event, conference, or meeting. For that event to be spectacular it involves sweat, blood, tears, and not a lot of sleep. For this, event planners get the satisfaction of a job well done and the gratitude of happy participants.

However, good sentiments do not pay the mortgage. How much do event managers, planners, and producers make in the United States?

Salaries for event managers commonly range from about $22,750 in Wausau, WI to $70,570 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Below you will find the median salary for an event manager for all the major metropolitan areas in the U.S.- how does your salary line-up?


Ungerboeck Software International is the leader in event management software not only in the U.S., but throughout the world.

For median salaries in other part of the United States, find your city in the following list, to see how you compare...

Metropolitan Area
Median Annual   Salary
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY $70,570.00
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford MA-NH NECTA Division $65,180.00
Kingston NY $63,670.00
Framingham MA NECTA Division $62,940.00
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA $60,470.00
Durham NC $60,460.00
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan   Division $59,870.00
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City CA Metropolitan Division $59,670.00
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV $59,400.00
York-Hanover PA $59,110.00
Boulder CO $59,080.00
New York-White Plains-Wayne NY-NJ Metropolitan Division $59,040.00
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA $58,600.00
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA $58,080.00
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA $58,060.00
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA $57,920.00
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT $57,820.00
Edison-New Brunswick NJ Metropolitan Division $57,390.00
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH $57,070.00
Bakersfield CA $56,980.00
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA NECTA Division $56,930.00
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area $56,540.00
Bethesda-Frederick-Gaithersburg MD Metropolitan Division $56,420.00
Huntsville AL $56,010.00
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA $55,370.00
San Juan-Caguas-Guaynabo PR $55,030.00
Springfield MA-CT $54,610.00
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward CA Metropolitan Division $54,250.00
Newark-Union NJ-PA Metropolitan Division $53,900.00
Worcester MA-CT $53,410.00
Albuquerque NM $53,220.00
Honolulu HI $52,880.00
Modesto CA $52,780.00
Philadelphia PA Metropolitan Division $52,750.00
Trenton-Ewing NJ $52,630.00
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN $52,570.00
Anchorage AK $52,360.00
Grand Rapids-Wyoming MI $52,310.00
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach FL Metropolitan   Division $52,230.00
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet IL Metropolitan Division $52,170.00
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN $52,140.00
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD $52,000.00
Tacoma WA Metropolitan Division $51,690.00
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet IL-IN-WI $51,670.00
Peabody MA NECTA Division $51,660.00
Denver-Aurora CO $51,580.00
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine CA Metropolitan Division $51,540.00
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach FL $51,430.00
Providence-Fall River-Warwick RI-MA $51,410.00
Nassau-Suffolk NY Metropolitan Division $51,400.00
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY $51,310.00
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT $51,210.00
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Division $50,980.00
Salt Lake City UT $50,670.00
Camden NJ Metropolitan Division $50,590.00
Austin-Round Rock TX $50,480.00
New Haven CT $50,470.00
Atlantic City-Hammonton NJ $50,140.00
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA $50,110.00
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL $49,670.00
Tucson AZ $49,590.00
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA $49,080.00
Barnstable Town MA $49,060.00
Salinas CA $48,920.00
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA $48,850.00
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA $48,850.00
Las Vegas-Paradise NV $48,810.00
Nashua NH-MA NECTA Division $48,680.00
Wilmington DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division $48,620.00
Santa Fe NM $48,620.00
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach FL $48,570.00
Baltimore-Towson MD $48,570.00
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale AZ $48,440.00
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA $48,350.00
Montgomery AL $48,310.00
Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville SC $48,100.00
Kansas City MO-KS $47,810.00
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA $47,780.00
Birmingham-Hoover, AL $47,700.00
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA Metropolitan Division $47,510.00
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division $47,500.00
Ann Arbor MI $47,400.00
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area $47,390.00
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA $47,290.00
Napa CA $47,290.00
Columbia MO $47,210.00
Lansing-East Lansing MI $47,160.00
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale CA Metropolitan Division $47,150.00
Olympia WA $47,110.00
State College PA $46,920.00
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI $46,900.00
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX $46,700.00
Reno-Sparks NV $46,640.00
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall FL Metropolitan Division $46,600.00
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach FL Metropolitan   Division $46,560.00
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area $46,560.00
St. Louis MO-IL $46,390.00
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI $46,130.00
Knoxville TN $45,880.00
Naples-Marco Island FL $45,700.00
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA $45,660.00
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA $45,480.00
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area $45,450.00
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area $45,430.00
Ithaca NY $45,410.00
Norwich-New London CT-RI $45,350.00
Savannah GA $45,330.00
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area $45,260.00
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area $45,080.00
Richmond VA $45,060.00
Northcentral Colorado nonmetropolitan area $44,930.00
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton OR-WA $44,880.00
San Antonio TX $44,820.00
Syracuse NY $44,770.00
Roanoke VA $44,710.00
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway AR $44,630.00
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area $44,610.00
College Station-Bryan TX $44,600.00
Columbus GA-AL $44,530.00
Indianapolis-Carmel IN $44,450.00
Baton Rouge LA $44,450.00
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division $44,430.00
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX $44,300.00
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord NC-SC $44,280.00
Champaign-Urbana IL $44,260.00
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA $44,240.00
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC $44,210.00
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division $44,170.00
Des Moines-West Des Moines IA $44,140.00
Manhattan KS $44,130.00
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area $44,060.00
Tallahassee FL $43,980.00
Raleigh-Cary NC $43,870.00
Green Bay WI $43,750.00
Winston-Salem NC $43,650.00
Columbus OH $43,610.00
Bellingham WA $43,610.00
Cape Coral-Fort Myers FL $43,590.00
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills MI Metropolitan Division $43,530.00
Colorado Springs CO $43,440.00
Springfield IL $43,380.00
Charlottesville VA $43,300.00
Memphis TN-MS-AR $43,120.00
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area $43,010.00
Danbury CT $43,010.00
Bend OR $42,950.00
Corpus Christi TX $42,830.00
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area $42,780.00
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area $42,780.00
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY $42,760.00
Louisville-Jefferson County KY-IN $42,720.00
Rochester NY $42,660.00
Battle Creek MI $42,520.00
Columbia SC $42,450.00
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area $42,290.00
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area $42,250.00
Jacksonville FL $42,120.00
Binghamton NY $42,100.00
Orlando-Kissimmee FL $41,900.00
Madison WI $41,600.00
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA $41,430.00
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area $41,260.00
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI $41,230.00
Central New York nonmetropolitan area $41,150.00
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH $41,100.00
Pittsburgh PA $40,990.00
Fort Collins-Loveland CO $40,750.00
Dayton OH $40,630.00
Greensboro-High Point NC $40,580.00
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers AR-MO $40,580.00
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL $40,560.00
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area $40,480.00
Gainesville FL $40,480.00
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area $40,260.00
Fresno CA $40,170.00
Eugene-Springfield OR $39,770.00
Spokane WA $39,530.00
Burlington-South Burlington VT $39,340.00
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley SC $38,760.00
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre PA $38,610.00
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area $38,590.00
Other New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area $38,130.00
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area $38,040.00
Utica-Rome NY $38,000.00
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area $37,940.00
Evansville IN-KY $37,860.00
Toledo OH $37,860.00
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL $37,780.00
Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach SC $37,690.00
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area $37,510.00
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford ME $37,280.00
Topeka KS $37,030.00
El Paso TX $36,820.00
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area $36,500.00
Flagstaff AZ $36,180.00
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area $36,090.00
Provo-Orem UT $35,950.00
Flint MI $35,880.00
Jackson MS $35,860.00
Akron OH $35,630.00
Salem OR $35,580.00
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area $35,550.00
Wheeling WV-OH $35,480.00
Lexington-Fayette KY $35,430.00
Oklahoma City OK $35,370.00
Chattanooga TN-GA $35,240.00
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area $35,230.00
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area $35,120.00
Saginaw-Saginaw Township North MI $34,890.00
Athens-Clarke County GA $34,700.00
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area $34,670.00
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ $34,660.00
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area $34,420.00
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area $34,230.00
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area $33,660.00
Missoula MT $33,660.00
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area $33,590.00
Ogden-Clearfield UT $33,380.00
Eau Claire WI $33,190.00
Billings MT $32,980.00
Boise City-Nampa ID $32,720.00
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area $32,690.00
Wichita KS $32,670.00
Lincoln NE $32,490.00
North Georgia nonmetropolitan area $31,930.00
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL $31,860.00
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area $31,850.00
Canton-Massillon OH $31,590.00
Tyler TX $31,580.00
Rapid City SD $30,930.00
Lawrence KS $30,530.00
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area $30,090.00
Fargo ND-MN $29,660.00
Sioux Falls SD $28,930.00
Kansas nonmetropolitan area $28,310.00
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area $27,000.00
Wausau WI $22,750.00

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