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Test Manager Salary

Around two in three of Test Managers in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $62K to $133K per year, but median earnings come to around $89K per year. Total incomes of Test Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $133K. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Test Managers (85 percent) who took the survey. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$63,239 - $127,393
(Median)
$63K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,799
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$10.37 - $64.05
(Median)
$10
$43
$64
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$63,239 - $127,393  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,633  
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,406  
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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$61,849 - $132,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $64.05  
   
Overtime
$15.35 - $51.06  
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 - $14,633  
   
Profit Sharing
$484.79 - $10,406  
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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$61,849 - $132,810  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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Job Description for Test Manager

The test manager's role involves all phases of the testing cycle, starting with researching and designing test criteria to ensure that they meet the needs and goals of the company. When creating new test criteria, the test manager considers the nature of the test being created, what the test is designed to show, how to accurately measure results and how to effectively train others to perform the test in a correct manner. Once a new test has been implemented, the test manager is responsible for supervising and training lab workers to correctly perform the test and accurately record the results. The test manager evaluates testing procedures and, when a problem is found, researches the best way to correct the problem and reports the findings to other engineering staff and management. The work environment is largely indoors, working in a lab facility of a company or government agency. This type of position is most common in engineering fields, such as manufacturing. The minimum educational requirements of a test manager are a bachelor's degree in an engineering field, along with work experience. Educational requirements vary based on the career level and field, and some positions may require a master's degree and/or more work experience. The hours a test manager works vary based on the particular industry, but in general, test managers can expect to work consistent and regular hours based on operating hours of the facility they serve. Due to the nature of the work that a test managers do, it would not be expected that they would have to work off-shift or emergency hours on a regular basis.


Test Manager Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Test Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Project Management, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Project Management and Test Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Test Managers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $72K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $85K. For Test Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. Test Managers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $104K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Test Managers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 41 percent. Test Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+31 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), Raleigh (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Minneapolis and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries



National Average
$91,000



Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
up arrow 6%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$91,000

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Test Engineering
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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