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Technical Product & Program Manager Salary (United States)

Technical Product & Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very generous salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $102K) surpassing six figures annually. In the world of Technical Product & Program Managers, final incomes generally run from $63K to $148K; this includes potential for up to $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few high performers earning commissions of $25K. While geography and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. The vast majority enjoy medical while a solid majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to most. Male Technical Product & Program Managers are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Most Technical Product & Program Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Technical Product & Program Manager Salary (?
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$60,903 - $133,057
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MEDIAN: $97,063
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Technical Product & Program Manager Salary (?
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$16.25 - $112.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,903 - $133,057  
   
Bonus
$1,032 - $20,088  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $19,315  
Commission
$0.00 - $25,387  
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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$62,975 - $147,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,298
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.25 - $112.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $85.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$1,032 - $20,088  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $25,387  
Profit Sharing
$805 - $19,315  
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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$62,975 - $147,750  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Technical Product & Program Manager

A technical product and program manager must consistently monitor the planning and progress of a multitude of programs. They can work in many fields and may expect to focus on productivity, as well as directly monitoring quality. A technical product and program manager works from the beginning of a project or program and see that project through monitoring and completion. They are responsible for ensuring the entirety of the project goes smoothly and as planned. Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills are essential for this position; a technical product and program manager is also a leader and must be comfortable in a leadership role.
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Technical Product & Program Manager Tasks
  • Define resources and schedule for project/program implementation.
  • Define requirements and plan project lifecycle deployment.
  • Create strategies for risk mitigation and contingency planning.
  • Run complex projects/programs from design and development to production.
  • Plans and schedule project deliverables, goals and milestones.

Common Career Paths for Technical Product & Program Manager

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Most Technical Product & Program Managers do not go on to assume a Senior Product Manager of Software role (where typical pay is $120K) but some have been known to make the move. More commonly, Technical Product & Program Managers become Aviation Program Managers or Technical Program Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Product & Program Manager

Those at Amazon.com Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $128K. Microsoft Corp doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $122K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $143K and scope of pay is rather limited. Amazon.com Inc is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Technical Product & Program Manager

Technical Product & Program Managers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Engineering Design, Microsoft Office, Program Management, and Business Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 13 percent, 12 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. It is often found that people who know Product Development are also skilled in Program Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Product & Program Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Technical Product & Program Managers with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $79K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $98K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $110K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $123K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. The largest share of Technical Product & Program Managers have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$102,000
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For those looking to make money, Technical Product & Program Managers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Houston, Washington, and Seattle, top-paying markets where Technical Product & Program Managers rake in more than the national norm (+26 percent, +22 percent, +22 percent, and +15 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 16 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Detroit are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Technical Product & Program Manager Salaries

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Skills That Affect Technical Product & Program Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 389 votes.

Gender

Female
24%
female alumni
 
Male
76%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 87%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 6%