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Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Technical Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $120K) surpassing six figures annually. Overall incomes of Technical Program Managers generally bottom out at around $80K and peak near $161K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $22K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The specific employer is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and experience level. Male Technical Program Managers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. For the most part, Technical Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$77,722 - $148,721
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MEDIAN: $113,141
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$23.89 - $78.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,722 - $148,721  
   
Bonus
$151.52 - $21,824  
Profit Sharing
$2,543 - $21,799  
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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$80,129 - $161,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 900
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$23.89 - $78.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $84.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$151.52 - $21,824  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,543 - $21,799  
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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$80,129 - $161,169  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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 on average make a little less than Technical Program Managers as their salaries are typically $100K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Technical Program Managers flock to Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Computer, Inc, Google, Inc., and EMC Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Apple Computer, Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $162K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $101K to $187K.

EMC Corporation offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $98K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $71K and $145K.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Survey results show that Technical Program Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Java, Software Architecture, SQL, and Risk Management / Risk Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with Program Management also know 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 and pay tend to be weakly linked for Technical Program Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced employee pulls down a cushy six-figure sum; the median salary for people claiming fewer than five years of experience is $101K. Technical Program Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $127K. 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 $137K.

Pay Difference by Location


There's tons of opportunity for Technical Program Managers in California, which is home to the top three paying cities in the field. San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Jose all offer salaries above the national rate. Technical Program Managers in Portland report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 21 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Redmond (15 percent less) and Atlanta (12 percent less).

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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries



National Average
$120,000



Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

Java
up arrow 16%

Software Architecture
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 3%

Program Management
up arrow 2%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 2%

Agile
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

Product Development
0%

National Average
$120,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
20 %
Male
80 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 83% employee benefits None: 4%