Test Manager Salary

The majority of Test Managers in the United States — more than two-thirds — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $62K to $133K per year, and the median is $89K annually. Total cash compensation to Test Managers approaches anywhere from $62K on the lower end to $133K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $15K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men account for the majority of Test Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 85 percent to be exact. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Test Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$62,986 - $127,468
(Median)
$63K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,699
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$15.59 - $64.42
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$16
$43
$64
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,986 - $127,468  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,672  
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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$61,752 - $133,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 424
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $64.42  
   
Overtime
$15.35 - $51.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,672  
   
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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$61,752 - $133,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 37

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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


Test Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $72K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $85K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Test Managers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $103K.

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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries



National Average
$91,000



Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
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Project Management
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National Average
$91,000

Test Planning
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Test Engineering
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
53%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%