Test Manager Salary

With a little under three-quarters 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 $60K on the lower end to $132K per year near the higher end. Cash earnings for Test Managers — which occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $60K to approximately $132K. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$60,720 - $125,403
$61K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,251
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90%

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$15.00 - $76.00
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$49
$76
MEDIAN: $49.43
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$0$132K
Salary $60,720 - $125,403
Bonus $704 - $19,192
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $14,899
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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$60,475 - $132,056
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 252
Hourly Data $0$76
Hourly Rate $15.00 - $76.00
Overtime $40.50
Annual Data $0$132K
Bonus $704 - $19,192
Profit Sharing $-0.50 - $14,899
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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$60,475 - $132,056
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 14

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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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Moving into a Test Engineering Manager position seems to be a popular career progression. Median pay for this job is $104K annually.

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Popular Skills for Test Manager


Survey results show that Test Managers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Test Engineering, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control 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

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: $91,989

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

For Test Managers, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 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). Test Managers in Charleston make 39 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Employers in Minneapolis and Columbus also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent less).

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Key Stats for Test Manager

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries

▲22%

▲5%

National Average
$92,000

▼5%

▼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 37 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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