Test Manager Salary

Somewhere 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 $64K to $135K per year, and the average comes out to $90K per year. With some bonuses approaching $15K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Test Managers spread between $64K and $135K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men account for the majority of Test Managers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. For the most part, Test Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$65,664 - $127,822
(Median)
$66K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,857
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50%
90%

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$17.30 - $67.24
(Median)
$17
$45
$67
MEDIAN: $44.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,664 - $127,822  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,131  
Profit Sharing
$2.99 - $10,365  
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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$64,448 - $134,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 481
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.30 - $67.24  
   
Overtime
$27.00 - $75.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$2.99 - $10,365  
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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$64,448 - $134,847  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, System Testing, Project Management, and Test Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Quality Assurance / Quality Control also 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $71K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $88K. Test Managers bring in $96K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $108K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,884

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Test Managers, 36 percent above the national average. Test Managers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+31 percent), San Jose (+29 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Raleigh (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 20 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Minneapolis. Employers in Columbus and Dallas also lean toward paying below-median salaries (19 percent lower and 15 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Test Manager Salaries



National Average
$92,000



Skills That Affect Test Manager Salaries


System Testing
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National Average
$92,000

Project Management
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Test Engineering
up arrow 2%

Test Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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