Technical Project Manager Salary

The average Technical Project Manager in the United States earns approximately $90K annually. Overall cash earnings of Technical Project Managers stretch from $58K near the bottom to $135K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $15K each from bonuses and profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by tenure and geographic location. Male Technical Project Managers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$58,905 - $127,719
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$90K
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MEDIAN: $90,005
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$17.76 - $68.27
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$0$134K
Salary $58,905 - $127,719
Bonus $1,007 - $15,118
Profit Sharing $-0.48 - $14,617
Commission $8,500
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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$57,795 - $134,984
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,763
Hourly Data $0$76
Hourly Rate $17.76 - $68.27
Overtime $24.58 - $76.94
Annual Data $0$134K
Bonus $1,007 - $15,118
Commission $8,500
Profit Sharing $-0.48 - $14,617
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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$57,795 - $134,984
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 188

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Technical Project Manager


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Technical Project Managers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Program Manager of Software Applications. The latter position pays an average of $129K annually. An IT Senior Project Manager role is the most common promotion for Technical Project Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $112K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Technical Project Managers is an Engineering Project Manager position, where earnings are usually $89K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Known for taking on a considerable number of Technical Project Managers, AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corporation, Alcatel - Lucent, The Boeing Company, and Amazon.com Inc are leading firms in the industry. Although Amazon.com Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $130K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $86K or as much as $154K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider American Express Co. (AMEX), Wells Fargo & Co., and General Electric Co (GE), top-paying firms where Technical Project Managers rake in a very impressive $128K, $126K, or $125K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Xerox Corporation at $78K, and AT&T Inc. where $81K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Technical Project Managers there earn up to $132K.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Technical Project Managers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Agile, Software Development, Agile Software Development, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Technical Analysis and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Project Manager

Pay by Experience for a Technical Project Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Project Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 686 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Project Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 766 salaries. An experienced Technical Project Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 805 salaries. A Technical Project Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 278 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,280

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Technical Project Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Jacksonville (+16 percent), Boston (+8 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and New York (+7 percent). In Portland, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Denver (8 percent less) and Austin (5 percent less).

Technical Project Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Technical Project Manager?

Technical Project Manager in Espanola:
"Gratifying."
Pros: The interaction with farmers and ranchers.
Cons: Stress.

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Key Stats for Technical Project Manager

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 276 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Technical Project Manager Salaries

▲20%

▲11%

National Average
$92,000

▼2%

▼18%

Skills That Affect Technical Project Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 276 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%
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