Salary increase for association event managers despite pandemic

Despite the extreme downturn in association events caused by COVID-19, association in-house Event Managers saw an overall increase of 5 per cent in their average total salary package.

Produced by the Associations Forum and Wentworth Advantage, the Associations Salary Survey 2021 looked at found the average Event Manager salary varies by industry, from $65,000 in Building, Construction and Architecture to $110,000 in Retail, Sales and Marketing.

State by state comparison can also be made, with the average Events Manager salary ranging from $70,000 in South Australia to $101,000 in the ACT.

The most common salary benefits for Events Managers were a laptop (52%) and Professional Development Courses/Fees (29%).

“As we emerge from lockdowns and return to the new normal, we trust this important salary data will benefit and strengthen the associations sector by providing data to allow membership bodies to make important decisions regarding staff remuneration for the near future and enhance market opportunities,” said Associations Forum CEO John Peacock.