Test Manager Salary

Test Managers who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up about two-thirds of Test Managers. Pay fluctuates from $62K to $132K per year, but expected earnings average $88K per year. Total incomes of Test Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $15K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $62K and $132K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. There are far more male Test Managers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$63,137 - $126,720

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$15.59 - $64.42

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Salary
$63,137 - $126,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,597  
Profit Sharing
$251.60 - $13,000  
Total Pay (?
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$61,742 - $131,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 437
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Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $64.42  
   
Overtime
$15.24 - $51.28  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,597  
   
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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$61,742 - $131,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Test Automation, Project Management, and Test Planning 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $71K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $86K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Test Managers make a median salary of $96K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $104K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Test Managers, 31 percent above the national average. Test Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+31 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), Raleigh (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+8 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Test Manager's salary, with Columbus Test Managers earning salaries that are 24 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Minneapolis (19 percent lower) and Dallas (15 percent lower).

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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

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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
54%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%
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