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Test Manager Salary

Test Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent around two in three of Test Managers. Salaries average out to around $87K per year and spread from $61K to $131K per year. In the world of Test Managers, overall income ranges from $61K near the bottom to $131K at the top; this can include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (85 percent) of Test Managers who answered the questionnaire are male. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Test Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$62,407 - $126,132
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MEDIAN: $87,468
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$14.20 - $64.05
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,407 - $126,132  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,540  
Profit Sharing
$673 - $10,406  
Total Pay (?
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$61,246 - $131,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 402
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $64.05  
   
Overtime
$15.35 - $51.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,540  
   
Profit Sharing
$673 - $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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$61,246 - $131,020  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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 Test Automation, System Testing, Project Management, and Test Planning are correlated to pay that is above average. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to 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.


Test Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $71K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $84K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $96K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $104K.

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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries



National Average
$89,000



Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
up arrow 6%

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Test Engineering
0%

National Average
$89,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
52%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 9%