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Technical Project Manager Salary

Just over a half of Technical Project Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $53K to $132K per year, and the average comes out to $85K per year. In the world of Technical Project Managers, total cash compensation ranges from $53K on the lower end to $132K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $15K and profit sharing that approaches $11K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $20K. While years of experience and geography impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Project Managers who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Technical Project Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$53,687 - $122,085
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MEDIAN: $84,640
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$17.96 - $73.30
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,687 - $122,085  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,228  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $11,281  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,386  
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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$53,280 - $131,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,188
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Hourly Rate
$17.96 - $73.30  
   
Overtime
$24.86 - $65.10  
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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 - $15,228  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,386  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $11,281  
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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$53,280 - $131,633  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 351
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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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While Technical Project Managers do not often become Senior Program Managers of Software Applications, the job pays $126K per year on average. A more likely transition for Technical Project Managers is IT Senior Project Manager or Project Manager, Engineering.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Technical Project Managers include Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc., The Boeing Company, Amazon.com Inc, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. Technical Project Managers flock to Amazon.com Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $130K lead the pack in compensation. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks at The Boeing Company ($112K), American Express Co. (AMEX) ($108K), and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($107K).

Pay for Technical Project Managers is the lowest at Sprint Nextel Corporation, which has a median salary of $86K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $95K. Workers at AT&T Inc., Alcatel - Lucent, and Mindtree Consulting also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $93K, $102K, and $103K respectively.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Technical Project Managers report using a large range of skills on the job. 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 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Project Management also know 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Technical Project Managers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $68K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $86K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $100K. Technical Project Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $106K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Technical Project Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Technical Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+29 percent), New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Phoenix and 4 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Technical Project Manager Salaries



National Average
$88,000



Skills That Affect Technical Project Manager Salaries

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Team Leadership
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Strategic Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Microsoft Project
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Project Management
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Technical Analysis
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Budget Management
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Requirements Analysis
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National Average
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 789 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%