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Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary (United States)

Salaries for Technical Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($119K) per year. The range in cash compensation to Technical Program Managers ($79K to $160K) includes potential earnings of $22K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all employees, and a solid majority earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Technical Program Managers — 81 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary (?
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$75,677 - $147,593
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MEDIAN: $111,268
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Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary (?
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$25.98 - $78.99
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$75,677 - $147,593  
   
Bonus
$518 - $22,200  
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $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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$78,905 - $160,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 895
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
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$25.98 - $78.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $116.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$518 - $22,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,457 - $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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$78,905 - $160,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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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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As Technical Program Managers make advancements in their career path, typically to roles like Technical Product & Program Manager, salaries may go down. On average, Technical Product & Program Managers make $100K per year.

Technical Program Manager (TPM) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Leading companies who hire large numbers of Technical Program Managers include Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Computer, Inc, Google, Inc., and EMC Corporation. Although Apple Computer, Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $161K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $101K to $187K.
Offering only $112K on average, Microsoft Corp seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees tend to make $94K on the lower end and $173K on the higher end. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include EMC Corporation at $115K, and Amazon.com Inc where $135K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Survey results imply that Technical Program Managers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Java, Risk Management / Risk Control, Software Architecture, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Agile. Those familiar with Program Management also tend to 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 Technical Program Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Although employees with less than five years' experience earn around $99K on average, the five-to-ten year group has a much higher, six-figure median of $112K. Technical Program Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $126K. 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 $134K. Technical Program Managers with 10 to 20 years in the field are most commonly found while those with one to 10 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is those with more than 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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San Jose
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Washington
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Santa Clara
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New York
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National Average
$119,000
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Los Angeles
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Menlo Park
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Bellevue
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Sunnyvale
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Redmond
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
California cities San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Jose are lucrative areas for Technical Program Managers, where pay is not only higher than the national average but also represents the three highest-paid areas in the country. Technical Program Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Technical Program Managers in Portland bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Employers in Redmond and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent less).

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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

National Average
$119,000

Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

Java
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Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 13%
Software Architecture
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Program Management
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SQL
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Project Management
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Product Development
0%
Microsoft Office
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National Average
$119,000
Agile
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 82% employee benefits None: 4%