Technical Project Manager Salary

Median pay for Technical Project Managers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $90K per year. Overall incomes of Technical Project Managers generally bottom out at around $58K and peak near $135K; the final number can, in exceptional cases, include upwards of $15K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Technical Project Managers. Men make up the majority of Technical Project Managers (67 percent) survey respondents. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$59,501 - $127,356
$60K
$90K
$130K
MEDIAN: $90,442
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50%
90%

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$17.53 - $70.33
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$70
MEDIAN: $38.87
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$0$135K
Salary $59,501 - $127,356
Bonus $1,002 - $15,036
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,260
Commission $9,500
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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$58,725 - $135,655
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,782
Hourly Data $0$77
Hourly Rate $17.53 - $70.33
Overtime $23.91 - $77.04
Annual Data $0$135K
Bonus $1,002 - $15,036
Commission $9,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $15,260
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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$58,725 - $135,655
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 180

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Job Description for Technical Project Manager

The principal role of a technical project manager is to develop and maintain a technology project plan, which outlines a project's tasks, milestone dates, status, and allocation of resources to stakeholders and other interested parties. The technical project manager is responsible for clearly defining and quantifying each step, as well as establishing concrete deadlines for each project milestone and deliverable. To this end, they have must have a demonstrated ability to anticipate problems and to find resolutions before that problem can derail a major milestone or deliverable. Since the typical project has a long life cycle, the technical project manager handles all of the complex aspects of the project; these aspects may be subject to constant change to accommodate market and economic conditions that directly affect implementation costs, market viability, and the organization’s potential profit or loss on the project.

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Technical Project Manager Tasks

  • Plan and coordinate project schedules, goals and milestones and make project assignments.
  • Create technical documentation as needed and report on progress of project.
  • Adhere to budgets and keep projects on track for successful completion within specification.

Common Career Paths for Technical Project Manager


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For Technical Project Managers, progressing to a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Program Manager of Software Applications can earn $129K annually. An IT Senior Project Manager role is the most common promotion for Technical Project Managers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $112K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Technical Project Managers is an Engineering Project Manager position, where earnings are usually $89K.

Technical Project Manager Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Technical Project Manager


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Technical Project Managers include AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corporation, Alcatel - Lucent, The Boeing Company, and Amazon.com Inc. Although Amazon.com Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $130K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $86K or as much as $154K. Soaring salaries can also be found at American Express Co. (AMEX), Wells Fargo & Co., and General Electric Co (GE), where earnings of $128K, $126K, or $125K are standard for Technical Project Managers.

Other low-paying employers include Xerox Corporation at $78K and AT&T Inc. at $81K, though some Technical Project Managers there earn up to $132K.

Popular Skills for Technical Project Manager


Survey results imply that Technical Project Managers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Agile, Software Development, Agile Software Development, and Microsoft Project are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Project Management also know Technical Analysis and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Technical Project Manager

Pay by Experience for a Technical Project Manager has a positive trend. An entry-level Technical Project Manager with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 686 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Technical Project Manager with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $91,000 based on 766 salaries. An experienced Technical Project Manager which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $102,000 based on 805 salaries. A Technical Project Manager with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $111,000 based on 278 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $92,994

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

For Technical Project Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Technical Project Managers will also find cushy salaries in Jacksonville (+16 percent), Boston (+8 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and New York (+7 percent). Portland is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Denver (8 percent lower) and Austin (5 percent lower).

Technical Project Manager Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Technical Project Manager?

Technical Project Manager in Birmingham:
"Great place to work!"
Pros: I enjoy the atmosphere and the ability to move up within the company without the experience.
Cons: I believe I am underpaid for my position and have been offered jobs at a higher pay scale.

Technical Project Manager in Espanola:
"Gratifying."
Pros: The interaction with farmers and ranchers.
Cons: Stress.

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Key Stats for Technical Project Manager

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Technical Project Manager Salaries

▲19%

▲10%

National Average
$93,000

▼2%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Technical Project Manager Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 11%
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