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Technical Project Manager Salary

Technical Project Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $54K to $132K per year, median earnings come to $85K annually. The final incomes of Technical Project Managers generally vary between $54K and $132K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $15K, $11K, and $20K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by geography and experience level. The majority of Technical Project Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Making up 75 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Project Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance.

$54,362 - $122,812
(Median)
$54K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,317
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$18.32 - $71.95
(Median)
$18
$37
$72
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,362 - $122,812  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,113  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $10,850  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
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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$54,023 - $132,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.32 - $71.95  
   
Overtime
$25.56 - $64.22  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,113  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$508 - $10,850  
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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$54,023 - $132,082  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353

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Job Description for Technical Project Manager

The principal role of a technical project manager is to develop and maintain a technology project plan, which outlines a project's tasks, milestone dates, status, and allocation of resources to stakeholders and other interested parties. The technical project manager is responsible for clearly defining and quantifying each step, as well as establishing concrete deadlines for each project milestone and deliverable. To this end, they have must have a demonstrated ability to anticipate problems and to find resolutions before that problem can derail a major milestone or deliverable. Since the typical project has a long life cycle, the technical project manager handles all of the complex aspects of the project; these aspects may be subject to constant change to accommodate market and economic conditions that directly affect implementation costs, market viability, and the organization’s potential profit or loss on the project.

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Technical Project Manager Tasks

  • Adhere to budgets and keep projects on track for successful completion within specification.
  • Create technical documentation as needed and report on progress of project.
  • Plan and coordinate project schedules, goals and milestones and make project assignments.

Common Career Paths for Technical Project Manager


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Though it's uncommon, some Technical Project Managers move into roles as Senior Program Managers of Software Applications, where pay is an average $127K per year. However, becoming a IT Senior Project Manager or Engineering Project Manager is a more frequent transition for Technical Project Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Technical Project Managers flock to Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc., HCL America, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Amazon.com Inc, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Amazon.com Inc offers the most; Technical Project Managers earn $130K on average there. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at The Boeing Company ($112K), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($107K), and American Express Co. (AMEX) ($104K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sprint Nextel Corporation at $86K, and AT&T Inc. where $93K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Technical Project Managers there earn up to $141K.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Survey takers working as Technical Project Managers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Agile, Software Development, Strategic Project Management, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Project Management tend to be well versed in Technical Analysis and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Project Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Technical Project Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $69K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $86K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $106K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Technical Project Managers in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+29 percent), New York (+14 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Austin. Employers in Atlanta and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Technical Project Manager Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Technical Project Manager Salaries

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Strategic Project Management
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Team Leadership
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Project Management
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Requirements Analysis
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Project
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Budget Management
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National Average
$89,000

Technical Analysis
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Telecommunications
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 709 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%