Test Manager Salary

Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Test Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $62K to $133K per year, and the average comes out to $90K annually. Total cash compensation to Test Managers bottoms out near $62K and approaches $133K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $18K from bonuses and almost $20K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men make up the majority of Test Managers (68 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Test Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$62,369 - $126,107
$62K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,577
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50%
90%

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$12.37 - $87.26
$12
$50
$87
MEDIAN: $49.96
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,369 - $126,107  
   
Bonus
$1,532 - $18,295  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,574  
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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$61,814 - $133,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$12.37 - $87.26  
   
Overtime
$40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,532 - $18,295  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,574  
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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$61,814 - $133,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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

  • 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.

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


Test Managers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Test Engineering, and Project Management 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.


For many Test Managers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $73K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $88K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $97K in this role. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $113K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,783

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

With a pay rate for Test Managers that is 35 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Test Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), Raleigh (+14 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). Test Managers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Test Managers in Charleston bring in salaries that are 39 percent lower than the national average. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Minneapolis and 19 percent less in Columbus, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Test Manager

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries

▲23%

▲5%

National Average
$92,000

▼4%

▼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 35 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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