Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Technical Program Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $116K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Technical Program Managers varies from $80K to $164K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $25K each. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. For the most part, Technical Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by almost all, and a large number earn vision coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$77,538 - $149,648
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$78K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $116,464
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$23.71 - $82.42
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$82
MEDIAN: $54.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,538 - $149,648  
   
Bonus
$650 - $24,792  
Profit Sharing
$2,179 - $24,079  
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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$79,729 - $163,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$23.71 - $82.42  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $112.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$650 - $24,792  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,179 - $24,079  
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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$79,729 - $163,595  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 33
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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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Technical Program Managers often transition into a Technical Product & Program Manager position. Technical Product & Program Managers report a slightly lower median income of $100K.

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Technical Program Managers flock to Amazon.com Inc, Google, Inc., Apple Computer, Inc, Microsoft Corp, and EMC Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Apple Computer, Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($155K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $102K to $192K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Google, Inc. at $150K, Amazon.com Inc at $138K, and Facebook Inc, where Technical Program Managers annually earn $131K.

EMC Corporation employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $84K, just about half of the top paying company's median. Other low-paying employers include Microsoft Corp at $115K and Intel Corporation at $116K, though some Technical Program Managers there earn up to $143K.

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, Software Architecture, Agile, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Even the relatively untried can take home bulky six-figure salaries; employees who have worked for fewer than five years report earning $103K on average. Technical Program Managers bring in $131K after working for 10 to 20 years. Technical Program Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $136K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,159

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

With a pay rate for Technical Program Managers that is 20 percent greater than the national average, Mountain View offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Technical Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), Cupertino (+13 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Technical Program Managers in Chicago take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 29 percent less than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Redmond and Atlanta (16 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries



National Average
$123,000



Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

Java
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SQL
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Program Management
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Product Development
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National Average
$123,000

Project Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Software Development
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Software Development Lifecycle
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
21 %
Male
79 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
medical benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 4%
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