Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Salaries for Technical Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($115K) per year. Total cash compensation to Technical Program Managers bottoms out near $80K and approaches $162K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $24K from bonuses and almost $22K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all claim medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$78,067 - $148,452
(Median)
$78K
$110K
$150K
MEDIAN: $114,966
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$24.00 - $77.87
(Median)
$24
$50
$78
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,067 - $148,452  
   
Bonus
$153.19 - $23,953  
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $22,014  
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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$79,992 - $161,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 975
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$24.00 - $77.87  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $83.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$153.19 - $23,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $22,014  
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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$79,992 - $161,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
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Job Description for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Technical program managers (TPMs) are in charge of handling all aspects of technical projects for their organization. They are responsible for initiating programs, following their progress, and serving as support providers in case issues arise. They coordinate efforts among workers and outside vendors, as well as develop effective schedules and suggest action items that still need to be complete to successfully complete the project.

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Technical Program Manager (TPM) Tasks

  • Provide technical leadership, but not line management of cross functional teams.
  • Drive new products and features through the development process.
  • Review and test code to ensure it works properly.
  • Gather and create product requirements and specificiations.
  • Make sure project meets deadlines and is completed within budget.

Common Career Paths for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


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Many Technical Program Managers move into Technical Product & Program Manager roles. Technical Product & Program Managers seem to make a little less than Technical Program Managers as their salaries average out to $100K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Computer, Inc, Google, Inc., and EMC Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Technical Program Managers. Employees of Apple Computer, Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $161K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $102K to $193K.

Although EMC Corporation hands out the lowest average salary in town at $98K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $79K or as much as $145K.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Survey takers working as Technical Program Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Java, Agile, Software Architecture, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Customer Relationship Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Software Development Lifecycle and Software Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Program Management are similarly competent in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $101K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $118K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Technical Program Managers make a median salary of $129K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $137K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Technical Program Managers, 19 percent higher than the national average. Technical Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), Washington (+17 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Redmond, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (13 percent lower) and Bellevue (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries



National Average
$122,000



Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

Java
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up arrow 9%

Software Architecture
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SQL
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Program Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
0%

National Average
$122,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Product Development
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Software Development
up arrow 11%

Software Development Lifecycle
up arrow 12%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 90%
vision benefits Vision: 84% employee benefits None: 4%
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