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Association Salary Survey 2021 Findings Released


Despite the extreme downturn in association events caused by COVID-19, Associations Salary Survey 2021, which examined salary data from Australian associations, found that there was an overall increase of 5% in the average total salary package for association in-house Event Managers. The survey is done annually by Associations Forum and Wentworth Advantage.

 Other important findings relating to the role of association Event Manager included:

  • 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 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%

 Job titles examined included Event Manager, Conference & Events Manager, Head of Engagement & Events and Events & Sponsorship Manager.

 With associations events industry cautiously expected to return later in 2021, the positive outlook can be expected to continue.

CEO John Peacock was proud Associations Forum and Wentworth Advantage produced a dedicated salary resource for associations professionals doing various roles, particularly in a difficult year with constant change. “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 Mr Peacock.

 About Associations Forum

Associations Forum is Australia’s largest broad-based network of associations with over 600 members. Its mission of “bringing associations together to boost performance” is achieved through delivering information, training and advice. Visit

 For further media information, contact Annie Zhang, Marketing and Communications Officer at or +61 2 9904 8200


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