Test Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $90K annually on average but can range from $62K to $132K per year. Cash earnings for Test Managers — which occasionally include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing — stretch from around $62K to approximately $132K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Test Managers who answered the questionnnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$63,248 - $125,235
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$63K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $89,735
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$11.84 - $76.03
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$12
$49
$76
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,248 - $125,235  
   
Bonus
$1,034 - $17,114  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$61,740 - $132,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $76.03  
   
Overtime
$36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,034 - $17,114  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$61,740 - $132,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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.

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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in System Testing, Test Automation, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Test Managers. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $72K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $89K. For Test Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $97K. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $109K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $91,665

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Test Managers, 37 percent above the national average. Test Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), Raleigh (+10 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+9 percent). In Minneapolis, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Columbus and Atlanta (19 percent lower and 13 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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Test Automation
up arrow 4%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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Test Engineering
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National Average
$92,000

Test Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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