Technical Project Manager Salary

Technical Project Managers in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $86K annually, but may range from $55K to $133K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $11K, overall incomes of Technical Project Managers spread between $55K and $133K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by geography and years of experience. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Technical Project Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Project Managers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,664 - $123,235
(Median)
$55K
$86K
$120K
MEDIAN: $85,588
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$18.45 - $72.98
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$18
$38
$73
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,664 - $123,235  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,273  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $10,850  
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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$54,509 - $132,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,216
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.45 - $72.98  
   
Overtime
$25.20 - $64.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,273  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $20,426  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $10,850  
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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$54,509 - $132,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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 $127K on average per year. A Technical Project Manager may also move into a role as an IT Senior Project Manager or an Engineering Project Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Technical Project Managers include Sprint Nextel Corporation, AT&T Inc., HCL America, Inc., The Boeing Company, and Alcatel - Lucent. For Technical Project Managers, comfortable salaries can be found at Amazon.com Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $130K, the highest in the area. Accenture, Mindtree Consulting, and The Boeing Company are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Technical Project Managers earning around $120K, $115K, or $113K at each firm, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sprint Nextel Corporation at $88K, and HCL America, Inc. where $91K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Technical Project Managers there earn up to $149K.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. 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. 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.


For many Technical Project Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $101K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $106K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Technical Project Managers, 30 percent higher than the national average. Technical Project Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+27 percent), New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Atlanta and Minneapolis earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less).

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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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Technical Analysis
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 655 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: 67% employee benefits None: 10%
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