Technical Project Manager Salary

Technical Project Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up a little more than half of Technical Project Managers. Pay fluctuates from $55K to $133K per year, but expected earnings average $86K annually. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $15K, $10K, and $20K, respectively — total cash payment to Technical Project Managers can bottom out near $55K or top out at around $133K. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Technical Project Managers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,577 - $124,326
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$56K
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MEDIAN: $86,330
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$18.88 - $69.91
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MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$55,577 - $124,326  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,207  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $10,311  
Commission
$-0.50 - $20,203  
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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$55,342 - $133,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,419
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.88 - $69.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.39  
Overtime
$25.51 - $66.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,207  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $20,203  
Profit Sharing
$405.47 - $10,311  
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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$55,342 - $133,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 362
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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 $128K per year. Going from Technical Project Manager to IT Senior Project Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $111K. Many others choose to work as Engineering Project Managers, where pay is typically $88K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Technical Project Managers include AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corporation, HCL America, Inc., Alcatel - Lucent, and The Boeing Company. Although Amazon.com Inc leads the field in pay with a median salary of $130K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $86K on the low end all the way up to $154K at the top. General Electric Co (GE), Accenture, and American Express Co. (AMEX) also offer top salaries for Technical Project Managers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $125K, $120K, and $117K, respectively.

Xerox Corporation, Sprint Nextel Corporation, and AT&T Inc. also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $78K, $88K, and $89K.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Technical Project Managers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Agile, Software Development, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most people skilled in Project Management are similarly competent 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 lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $87K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum 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

National Average: $89,156

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With a pay rate for Technical Project Managers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+26 percent), New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Washington (+5 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Minneapolis (6 percent lower) and Denver (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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Microsoft Project
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Engineering Design
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Team Leadership
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Strategic Project Management
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Project Management
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National Average
$89,000

Technical Analysis
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Budget Management
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 598 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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