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Technical Project Manager Salary

Technical Project Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just over a half of Technical Project Managers. Pay fluctuates from $54K to $133K per year, but expected earnings average $86K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Technical Project Managers. Ranging between $54K near the bottom and $133K near the top, total earnings can include up to $15K from bonuses and up to $11K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $20K. While the particular city and tenure impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Project Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Work is enjoyable for Technical Project Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$54,453 - $123,107
(Median)
$54K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,523
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$18.30 - $71.83
(Median)
$18
$37
$72
MEDIAN: $37.00
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90%

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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
$54,453 - $123,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,265  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $10,963  
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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$54,169 - $132,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.30 - $71.83  
   
Overtime
$25.19 - $64.34  
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 - $15,265  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $10,963  
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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$54,169 - $132,767  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 354

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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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Technical Project Managers who transition into a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $127K per year. Becoming an IT Senior Project Manager or an Engineering Project Manager is often the next step for a Technical Project Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Technical Project Managers fill the offices of leading firms Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc., HCL America, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Amazon.com Inc. For Technical Project Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Amazon.com Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $130K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Mindtree Consulting, The Boeing Company, and American Express Co. (AMEX), where Technical Project Managers typically earn around $115K, $113K, or $108K, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Sprint Nextel Corporation at $88K and AT&T Inc. at $92K, though some Technical Project Managers there earn up to $141K.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Technical Project Managers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Agile, Software Development, Team Leadership, and Strategic Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled 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.


Technical Project Managers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $69K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $86K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $101K. 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 Jose offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Technical Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+29 percent), New York (+15 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 17 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Minneapolis (4 percent lower).

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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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Team Leadership
up arrow 4%

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






Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 679 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%
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