Technical Project Manager Salary

With a little over a 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 $54K on the lower end to $133K per year near the higher end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $15K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Technical Project Managers can bottom out near $54K or peak near $133K depending on individual performance. The company is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and tenure are driving factors as well. Most Technical Project Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Technical Project Managers survey respondents are men (75 percent).

$54,649 - $123,216
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$55K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,738
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$18.41 - $73.21
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,649 - $123,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,301  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $11,000  
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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$54,447 - $132,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,193
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Hourly Rate
$18.41 - $73.21  
   
Overtime
$25.17 - $63.70  
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 - $15,301  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $11,000  
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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$54,447 - $132,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Program Manager of Software Applications, where median compensation is $127K annually. 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


Many Technical Project Managers can be found at Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc., HCL America, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Amazon.com Inc, firms that are at the top of the field. Amazon.com Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $130K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Accenture, Mindtree Consulting, and The Boeing Company, top-paying firms where Technical Project Managers rake in a very impressive $120K, $115K, or $113K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sprint Nextel Corporation at $88K, and HCL America, Inc. where $92K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Technical Project Managers there earn up to $150K.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those 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.


For many Technical Project Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $70K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $86K. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $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


Surpassing the national average by 29 percent, Technical Project Managers in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 18 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 658 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: 66% employee benefits None: 10%
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