Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary (United States)

Technical Program Managers in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $119,197) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Technical Program Managers bottoms out near $75,677 and approaches $147,593 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $22K from bonuses and almost $22K from profit sharing. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group—the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. There are far more male Technical Program Managers than women, making up 81 percent of those in this profession. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Program Managers. The information for this snapshot was generated by 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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 895
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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Technical Program Managers may experience a cut in pay as they move up the career ladder. It is not unusual for an upper-level role like Technical Product & Program Manager to bring in a little less money than some lower-level positions.

Technical Program Manager (TPM) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Apple Computer, Inc, Google, Inc., and EMC Corporation are top-notch employers for Technical Program Managers in this area. Apple Computer, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $161,301, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $101K to a high of $188K for base pay.
Microsoft Corp offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $111,798, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $172,607. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is EMC Corporation.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Technical Program Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 proficient in Program Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Product Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Technical Program Managers can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Compensation exceeds six figures—$112K—after five to 10 years, a solid increase from typical starting salaries of $100K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $126K. After two decades on the job, Technical Program Managers see salary growth dwindle, averaging $134K. The largest number of Technical Program Managers have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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$119,000
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Technical Program Managers earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Jose have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. Location significantly influences compensation, with Portland Technical Program Managers earning much less—20 percent less—than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Redmond (-14 percent) and Atlanta (-14 percent).

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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
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Software Architecture
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Project Management
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$119,000
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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