Test Manager Salary

Test Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up close to two-thirds of Test Managers. Pay fluctuates from $62K to $132K per year, but expected earnings average $88K per year. Cash earnings for Test Managers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $13K from profit sharing — stretch from around $62K to approximately $132K. Geographic location and career duration 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. Most Test Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (85 percent) of Test Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$62,987 - $127,113
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$63K
$88K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,447
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$15.59 - $64.42
(Median)
$16
$45
$64
MEDIAN: $44.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,987 - $127,113  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,608  
Profit Sharing
$251.60 - $13,000  
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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$61,692 - $132,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 436
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $64.42  
   
Overtime
$15.24 - $51.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,608  
   
Profit Sharing
$251.60 - $13,000  
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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$61,692 - $132,411  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Project Management, and Test Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control are also skilled in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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 $86K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Test Managers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $105K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Test Managers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Test Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+31 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Raleigh (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Test Managers in Columbus make 24 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Minneapolis 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
$91,000



Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
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Project Management
0%

National Average
$91,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Test Planning
up arrow 2%

Test Engineering
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 72 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
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 9%
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