Technical Project Manager Salary

With more than half of Technical Project Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Technical Project Managers is $86K annually and can range from $55K on the lower end to $133K per year near the higher end. Total incomes of Technical Project Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $11K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $55K and $133K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but geography and years of experience are influential factors as well. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Project Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction for Technical Project Managers is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$54,767 - $123,239

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$18.39 - $71.84

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,767 - $123,239  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,258  
Profit Sharing
$495.18 - $10,809  
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
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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$54,581 - $132,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,230
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.39 - $71.84  
   
Overtime
$24.92 - $64.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,258  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$495.18 - $10,809  
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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$54,581 - $132,820  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 355
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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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At the upper end, Technical Project Managers who move into a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Program Managers of Software Applications is a much higher $127K per year. It is not uncommon for a Technical Project Manager to continue on to become an IT Senior Project Manager or an Engineering Project Manager.

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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, HCL America, Inc., The Boeing Company, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at Amazon.com Inc — the median salary there is $130K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Accenture at $120K, Mindtree Consulting at $115K, and The Boeing Company, where Technical Project Managers annually earn $113K.

Also approaching the lower end are West Corp. at $83K, Sprint Nextel Corporation at $88K, and HCL America, Inc. at $91K.

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 Requirements Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. Most people who know Project Management also know 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $70K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary 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 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


Home to some of the best pay for Technical Project Managers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), New York (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis and Atlanta (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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Requirements Analysis
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Engineering Design
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Project Management
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Budget Management
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Technical Analysis
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National Average
$89,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 641 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
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: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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