Technical Project Manager Salary

With a little more than half of Technical Project Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $55K to $133K per year and averages out to $86K annually. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Technical Project Managers. Ranging between $55K near the bottom and $133K near the top, total earnings can include up to $15K from bonuses and up to $10K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $20K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Technical Project Managers survey respondents are men (74 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$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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$0$25$50$75
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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As Technical Project Managers transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Program Manager of Software Applications, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Program Managers of Software Applications earn $128K on average 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


AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corporation, HCL America, Inc., Alcatel - Lucent, and The Boeing Company are all popular places to work. Technical Project Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Amazon.com Inc, where the median salary comes to $130K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($86K) and those starting out ($154K) creates a rather diverse pay scale. Those in search of high salaries should also consider General Electric Co (GE), Accenture, and American Express Co. (AMEX), top-paying firms where Technical Project Managers rake in a whopping $125K, $120K, or $117K, respectively.

Workers at Xerox Corporation, Sprint Nextel Corporation, and AT&T Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $78K, $88K, and $89K respectively.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Survey results imply that Technical Project Managers deploy a deep pool 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Project Management indicates knowledge of 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $72K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $87K. 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 with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $106K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $89,156

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

Home to some of the best pay for Technical Project Managers, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. 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). In Austin, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent 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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Requirements Analysis
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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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Telecommunications
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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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