Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Compensation for Technical Program Managers in the United States is generous, with average pay surpassing six figures annually ($116K). Cash earnings of Technical Program Managers can occasionally include $25K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $80K to almost $164K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. For the most part, Technical Program Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all receive medical and dental insurance and most get vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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$24
$54
$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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$0$50$100$150
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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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)


Many Technical Program Managers can be found at Amazon.com Inc, Google, Inc., Apple Computer, Inc, Microsoft Corp, and EMC Corporation, firms that are at the top of the field. Apple Computer, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $155K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $102K to a high of $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.

Earnings fall especially short at EMC Corporation, where the median salary of $84K is the lowest in the field, about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Microsoft Corp at $115K, and Intel Corporation where $116K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Technical Program Managers there earn up to $143K.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Technical Program Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Even the relatively untested can score weighty six-figure salaries; survey participants with less than five years' experience report earning a median of $103K per year. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $131K in this role. Technical Program Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $136K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $123,159

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For Technical Program Managers, working in the bustling city of Mountain View has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Technical Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+20 percent), New York (+18 percent), Cupertino (+13 percent), and Washington (+13 percent). Technical Program Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Technical Program Managers in Chicago bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Redmond (16 percent lower) and Atlanta (14 percent lower).

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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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