Test Manager Salary

Test Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent between two-thirds and three-fourths of Test Managers. Salaries average out to around $90K annually and spread from $64K to $135K per year. Cash earnings for Test Managers — including $15K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $64K to $135K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 84 percent of Test Managers are male. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$65,664 - $127,822
(Median)
$66K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,857
10%
50%
90%

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$17.30 - $67.24
(Median)
$17
$45
$67
MEDIAN: $44.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,664 - $127,822  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,131  
Profit Sharing
$2.99 - $10,365  
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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$64,448 - $134,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.30 - $67.24  
   
Overtime
$27.00 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.99 - $10,365  
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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$64,448 - $134,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Test Manager


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Test Managers may enjoy increased earnings if they become Test Engineering Managers. This seems to be a popular career move, and Test Engineering Manager earn a slightly higher median of $104K annually.

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Popular Skills for Test Manager


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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Test Managers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $71K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $88K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Test Managers make a median salary of $96K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,884

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

For those looking to make money, Test Managers in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 36 percent above the national average. Test Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+31 percent), San Jose (+29 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Raleigh (+11 percent). Minneapolis is the lowest-paying area, 20 percent south of the national average. Columbus and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries



National Average
$92,000



Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
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National Average
$92,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Test Engineering
up arrow 2%

Test Planning
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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