Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salary

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Technical Program Managers in the United States, with median pay hovering around $119K per year. Overall cash earnings for Technical Program Managers stretch from $80K on the lower end to $170K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $28K from bonuses and $25K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Program Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Program Managers. Nearly all get medical and dental insurance, and most get vision plans, too. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$77,752 - $153,369
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MEDIAN: $119,223
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$77,752 - $153,369  
   
Bonus
$2,557 - $28,144  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,434  
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$80,039 - $170,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 757
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$14.79 - $92.98  
   
Overtime
$76.63  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,557 - $28,144  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $25,434  
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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$80,039 - $170,431  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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

  • Gather and create product requirements and specificiations.
  • Make sure project meets deadlines and is completed within budget.
  • Review and test code to ensure it works properly.
  • Provide technical leadership, but not line management of cross functional teams.
  • Drive new products and features through the development process.

Common Career Paths for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


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Technical Program Managers may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Technical Product & Program Manager. The average pay for a Technical Product & Program Manager is $100K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Known for taking on a considerable number of Technical Program Managers, Amazon.com Inc, Google, Inc., Intel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are leading firms in the industry. Pay for Technical Program Managers is best at Google, Inc., which offers a median salary of $155K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $129K to $180K. Other big spenders include Microsoft Corp, Apple Computer, Inc, and Amazon.com Inc, top-paying firms where Technical Program Managers see paychecks nearing $155K, $145K, or $144K.

Tesla Motors, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. and Sprint Nextel Corporation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $80K, $92K, and $99K.

Popular Skills for Technical Program Manager (TPM)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Software Development, Leadership, Java, and Agile Software Development are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Those listing Technical Analysis as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Software Development Lifecycle and Customer Relationship Management also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Program Management are 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.


Technical Program Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $96K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $123K. Technical Program Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $138K. 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 $139K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $126,583

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Palo Alto offers some of the highest pay in the country for Technical Program Managers, 31 percent above the national average. Technical Program Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+21 percent), Cupertino (+12 percent), San Jose (+11 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Menlo Park and Austin (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Technical Program Manager (TPM)

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries

▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$127,000

▼3%

▼24%

Skills That Affect Technical Program Manager (TPM) Salaries


Leadership
▲13%

Java
▲11%




▲5%

SQL
▲3%

Product Development
▼0%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▼0%

National Average
$127,000




Software Development Lifecycle
▼16%

Technical Analysis
▼39%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 89%
vision benefits
Vision: 83%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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