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Technical Project Manager Salary

The majority of Technical Project Managers in the United States — just over a half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $54K to $133K per year, and the median is $85K per year. Final cash compensation to Technical Project Managers varies from around $54K to approximately $133K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $15K and $11K, respectively. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Technical Project Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Project Managers who answered the questionnnaire.

$54,475 - $123,069
(Median)
$54K
$85K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,438
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$18.36 - $71.53
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$18
$37
$72
MEDIAN: $36.00
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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
$54,475 - $123,069  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,228  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $11,150  
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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$54,172 - $132,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.36 - $71.53  
   
Overtime
$25.41 - $63.93  
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 - $15,228  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $11,150  
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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$54,172 - $132,616  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 349

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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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There are some Technical Project Managers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Program Managers of Software Applications, where earnings are an average $127K annually. Moving from a Technical Project Manager to IT Senior Project Manager or Engineering Project Manager is a more common career path, however.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc., HCL America, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Amazon.com Inc are all popular places to work. Amazon.com Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $130K on average. Other big spenders include Mindtree Consulting, The Boeing Company, and American Express Co. (AMEX), top-paying firms where Technical Project Managers see paychecks nearing $115K, $113K, or $108K.

Other low-paying employers include Sprint Nextel Corporation at $87K 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 report using a deep pool of 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Project Management are, more often than not, 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $69K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $86K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the 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


For those looking to make money, Technical Project Managers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Technical Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+30 percent), New York (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Phoenix (5 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
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Strategic Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Microsoft Project
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Requirements Analysis
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Technical Analysis
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Budget Management
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National Average
$89,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 685 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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