Test Manager Salary

Test Managers in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent about two in three of Test Managers. Salaries average out to around $89K annually and spread from $61K to $132K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $19K each, total incomes of Test Managers generally range from $61K to $132K depending on individual performance. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Test Managers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$61,852 - $125,091
$62K
$89K
$130K
MEDIAN: $88,564
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$15.00 - $76.00
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$50
$76
MEDIAN: $49.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$61,852 - $125,091  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $19,336  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,727  
Total Pay (?
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$61,092 - $132,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $76.00  
   
Overtime
$40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,004 - $19,336  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,727  
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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$61,092 - $132,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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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Many Test Managers move into Test Engineering Manager roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $104K per year.

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Popular Skills for Test Manager


Test Managers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Test Engineering, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in 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: $90,650

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

For Test Managers, Washington provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. Test Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+16 percent), Raleigh (+16 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Charleston Test Managers earning much less — 38 percent less — than the national average. Employers pay around 19 percent less in Minneapolis and 18 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries

▲24%

▲7%

National Average
$91,000

▼3%

▼20%

Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
▲6%




National Average
$91,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
55%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 14%