Technical Product & Program Manager Salary

Technical Product & Program Managers receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $101K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $20K, total cash payment to Technical Product & Program Managers can bottom out at $66K or peak near $155K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and experience level are driving factors as well. Male Technical Product & Program Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$64,155 - $140,553
(Median)
$64K
$100K
$140K
MEDIAN: $101,096
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$24.58 - $147.95
(Median)
$25
$51
$150
MEDIAN: $50
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$64,155 - $140,553  
   
Bonus
$991 - $20,483  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $20,685  
Commission
$0.00 - $42,662  
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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$65,821 - $154,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,088
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.58 - $147.95  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $69.83  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$991 - $20,483  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $42,662  
Profit Sharing
$990 - $20,685  
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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$65,821 - $154,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 31
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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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At the upper end, Technical Product & Program Managers who move into a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $128K per year. Going from Technical Product & Program Manager to Aviation Program Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Aviation Program Managers is $101K. Many others choose to work as Technical Program Managers, where pay is typically $118K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Product & Program Manager


For Technical Product & Program Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at General Electric Co (GE); in fact, median earnings sit around $159K, the highest in the area.

Offering a median salary of only $112K, Amazon.com Inc gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $85K to $174K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Technical Product & Program Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Technical Analysis, Strategic Planning, Software Development Management, and Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relationship Management, Product Marketing, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Program Management tend to be well versed in Product Development.

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 lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $85K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $103K. On average, Technical Product & Program Managers make $116K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $125K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $106,631

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Technical Product & Program Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Technical Product & Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+27 percent), Houston (+19 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Denver (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Chicago is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Portland (16 percent lower) and Atlanta (13 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Technical Product & Program Manager Salaries



National Average
$107,000



Skills That Affect Technical Product & Program Manager Salaries

Technical Analysis
up arrow 17%

Strategic Planning
up arrow 16%

Software Development
up arrow 9%

Software Development Management
up arrow 9%



Agile
up arrow 4%

Program Management
up arrow 3%

Product Development
up arrow 3%

Product Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$107,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Product Marketing
up arrow 8%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 85%
medical benefits
Vision: 75%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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