Test Manager Salary

With somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Test Managers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Test Managers is $90K per year and can range from $61K on the lower end to $133K per year near the higher end. The range in cash compensation to Test Managers ($61K to $133K) includes potential earnings of $19K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Male Test Managers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (67 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$61,493 - $126,531
$61K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,983
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$12.37 - $87.26
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$87
MEDIAN: $50.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,493 - $126,531  
   
Bonus
$1,016 - $18,757  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,727  
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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$61,008 - $132,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $87.26  
   
Overtime
$40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,016 - $18,757  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,727  
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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$61,008 - $132,982  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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Job Description for Test Manager

Test managers generally work in an engineering group with other individuals to test software. Their role is typically to ensure that the testing process runs smoothly and everyone is contributing to their part in the process. They must assess any problems with software that arise during testing and work with their team to troubleshoot solutions, and they must ensure that all customer requirements are being met. Both during and after software testing, it is the test manager's duty to assess how well the testing process is evaluating the software; if revisions to the testing process are needed, the test manager must oversee these changes. It is important that the test manager understands the software being tested, as well as quality assurance processes and techniques; they also need to be able to effectively coordinate a team's work.

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Test Manager Tasks

  • Monitor tests to make sure products or computer programs function properly and meet regulatory standards.
  • Work with engineers, clients, and senior management to develop testing methods and procedures.
  • Report problems with products to management and designate them for repairs or redesign.
  • Supervise staff testing products and ensure internal procedures are followed correctly and results properly recorded.

Common Career Paths for Test Manager


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Test Managers often transition into upper-level roles like Test Engineering Manager, for which the average compensation is $104K per year.

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Popular Skills for Test Manager


Survey results suggest that Test Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Test Engineering, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to know Project Management and Test Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Manager

Pay by Experience for a Test Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Test Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 40 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Test Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 94 salaries. An experienced Test Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 156 salaries. A Test Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $113,000 based on 35 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,882

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Test Managers, 35 percent above the national average. Test Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+15 percent), Raleigh (+14 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Charleston Test Managers have considerably lower salaries, 39 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (20 percent less) and Columbus (19 percent less).

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Key Stats for Test Manager

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries

▲22%

▲5%

National Average
$92,000

▼4%

▼21%

Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
▲5%




National Average
$92,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 13%
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