Technical Product & Program Manager Salary

Generous salaries abound for Technical Product & Program Managers in the United States, with average pay above six figures ($101K) per year. Total cash compensation for Technical Product & Program Managers runs from around $66K to approximately $155K, including potential for up to $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few receiving commissions as high as $43K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and tenure. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Making up 77 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Product & Program Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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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For Technical Product & Program Managers who go on to become Senior Program Managers of Software Applications, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications earns $128K annually. 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


General Electric Co (GE) offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $159K.

The consistently lowest paying firm is Amazon.com Inc, where the median salary is just $112K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $85K to $174K.

Popular Skills for Technical Product & Program Manager


Technical Product & Program Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relationship Management, Product Marketing, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Program Management also know 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $85K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $103K. For Technical Product & Program Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $116K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $125K.

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). Chicago ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Portland and Atlanta (16 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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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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