Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Technical Program Managers enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($115K) annually in the United States. Total incomes of Technical Program Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $23K from bonuses and close to $21K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $80K and $161K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Nearly all have medical and dental plans, and most have vision insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 79 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Program Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$77,999 - $148,378

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$24.00 - $77.87

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,999 - $148,378  
   
Bonus
$151.01 - $23,190  
Profit Sharing
$2,432 - $20,653  
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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$79,952 - $161,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 986
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
$151.01 - $23,190  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,432 - $20,653  
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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$79,952 - $161,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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, Apple Computer, Inc, Google, Inc., Microsoft Corp, and EMC Corporation are top-notch employers for Technical Program Managers in this area. Apple Computer, Inc does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $161K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $102K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $193K.

EMC Corporation offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $98K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $79K to $145K.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Technical Program Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 who know 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.


For many Technical Program Managers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $101K per year. Technical Program Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $129K. Technical Program Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $135K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Technical Program Managers that is 19 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Technical Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+19 percent), San Francisco (+18 percent), Mountain View (+18 percent), and San Jose (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Redmond, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Bellevue earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries



National Average
$122,000



Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

Java
up arrow 15%

up arrow 9%

Software Architecture
up arrow 8%

SQL
up arrow 3%

Program Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
0%

National Average
$122,000

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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 142 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: 83% employee benefits None: 4%
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