Technical Program Managers in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $118K per year on average. Overall incomes of Technical Program Managers generally bottom out at around $79K and peak near $170K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $26K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Program Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Program Managers. Almost all receive medical and dental insurance and a large number get vision insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$77,074 - $153,056
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MEDIAN: $118,443
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$21.95 - $88.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,074 - $153,056  
   
Bonus
$2,076 - $25,947  
Profit Sharing
$506 - $24,967  
Total Pay (?
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$79,134 - $169,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 728
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Hourly Rate
$21.95 - $88.32  
   
Overtime
$63.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,076 - $25,947  
   
Profit Sharing
$506 - $24,967  
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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$79,134 - $169,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • 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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Many Technical Program Managers move into Technical Product & Program Manager roles. Technical Product & Program Managers seem to make a little less than Technical Program Managers as their salaries average out to $100K a year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Technical Program Managers include Amazon.com Inc, Google, Inc., Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, and EMC Corporation. Although the highest salaries can be found at Google, Inc. where median pay is $153K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $133K and $177K. Also paying near the top of the field are Microsoft Corp at $151K, Apple Computer, Inc at $149K, and Amazon.com Inc, where Technical Program Managers annually earn $143K.

Workers at International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Sprint Nextel Corporation, and Intel Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $92K, $99K, and $116K respectively.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Software Development, Java, and Software Architecture are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Those listing Customer Relationship Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Engineering Design and Software Development Lifecycle also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in 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. Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $97K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $122K. Technical Program Managers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $137K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $140K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $125,065

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

With a pay rate for Technical Program Managers that is 33 percent greater than the national average, Palo Alto offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Technical Program Managers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+23 percent), Cupertino (+14 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Menlo Park and Boston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries



National Average
$125,000



Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries


Java
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Leadership
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Program Management
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SQL
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Product Development
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National Average
$125,000

Project Management
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Risk Management / Risk Control
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Software Development Lifecycle
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Engineering Design
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
42%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
medical benefits
Vision: 82%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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