Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Salaries for Technical Program Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($115K) per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $24K and $22K, respectively — total cash payment to Technical Program Managers can bottom out near $80K or peak near $162K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Male Technical Program Managers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. In this profession, nearly all enjoy medical and dental coverage, and most have vision insurance, as well. The majority of Technical Program Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$78,123 - $148,493
(Median)
$78K
$120K
$150K
MEDIAN: $115,166
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$24.00 - $77.87
(Median)
$24
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$78
MEDIAN: $50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$78,123 - $148,493  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $23,742  
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $22,014  
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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$80,091 - $162,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 982
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$489.36 - $23,742  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,424 - $22,014  
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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$80,091 - $162,042  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Although many Technical Program Managers transition into Technical Product & Program Manager roles, the latter job seems to pay slightly less with an average reported annual income of $100K.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Technical Program Managers. 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.

Offering only $98K on average, EMC Corporation seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $79K on the lower end and $145K on the higher end.

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, Agile, Software Architecture, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management, Software Development Lifecycle, and Software Development. The majority of those 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. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $101K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $118K. On average, Technical Program Managers make $129K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $136K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Technical Program Managers, 20 percent higher than the national average. Technical Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Mountain View (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), and San Jose (+14 percent). The lowest-paying market is Redmond, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Bellevue (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, 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
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up arrow 9%

Software Architecture
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SQL
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Program Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
0%

National Average
$122,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Product Development
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Software Development
up arrow 11%

Software Development Lifecycle
up arrow 13%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 143 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: 84% employee benefits None: 3%
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