Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Wages for Technical Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($120K) per year. In the world of Technical Program Managers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $27K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $25K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $81K and $173K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Program Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Most Technical Program Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and most get vision plans, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$78,853 - $156,122
$79K
$120K
$160K
MEDIAN: $119,984
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50%
90%

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$14.37 - $88.10
$14
$54
$88
MEDIAN: $54.04
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$0$172K
Salary $78,853 - $156,122
Bonus $3,000 - $27,025
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,403
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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$81,404 - $172,964
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 814
Hourly Data $0$97
Hourly Rate $14.37 - $88.10
Overtime $56.25
Annual Data $0$172K
Bonus $3,000 - $27,025
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $25,403
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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$81,404 - $172,964
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 25

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


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Technical Program Managers who take a Technical Product & Program Manager role, an upper-level role, may see a decrease in pay. Pay for Technical Product & Program Managers is usually $100K.

Technical Program Manager (TPM) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Amazon.com Inc, Google, Inc., Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Technical Program Managers. Although the highest salaries can be found at Google, Inc. where median pay is $155K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $129K and $180K. Technical Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at Microsoft Corp ($155K), Apple Computer, Inc ($145K), and Amazon.com Inc ($144K).

Also approaching the lower end are Tesla Motors at $80K, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. at $92K, and Sprint Nextel Corporation at $99K.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Software Development, Leadership, Java, and Agile Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Technical Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Software Development Lifecycle and Customer Relationship Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Program Management are also skilled in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Pay by Experience for a Technical Program Manager (TPM) has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Program Manager (TPM) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $96,000 based on 190 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Program Manager (TPM) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 252 salaries. An experienced Technical Program Manager (TPM) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $138,000 based on 385 salaries. A Technical Program Manager (TPM) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $139,000 based on 122 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $127,474

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

Home to some of the best pay for Technical Program Managers, Palo Alto offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Technical Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+20 percent), Cupertino (+11 percent), San Jose (+10 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Menlo Park and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 11 percent less than the median.

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Key Stats for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
14%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
$127,000

▼3%

▼25%

Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries


Leadership
▲12%

Java
▲10%




▲4%

SQL
▲2%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▼0%

National Average
$127,000

Product Development
▼1%




Software Development Lifecycle
▼16%

Technical Analysis
▼39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 90%
vision benefits
Vision: 84%
no benefits
None: 5%
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