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Working As A Technical Product Manager

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $118,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Technical Product Manager Do

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers plan programs to generate interest in products or services. They work with art directors, sales agents, and financial staff members.

Duties

Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers typically do the following:

  • Work with department heads or staff to discuss topics such as budgets and contracts, marketing plans, and the selection of advertising media
  • Plan promotional campaigns such as contests, coupons, or giveaways
  • Plan advertising campaigns, including which media to advertise in, such as radio, television, print, online media, and billboards
  • Negotiate advertising contracts
  • Evaluate the look and feel of websites used in campaigns or layouts, which are sketches or plans for an advertisement
  • Initiate market research studies and analyze their findings to understand customer and market opportunities for businesses
  • Develop pricing strategies for products or services marketed to the target customers of a firm
  • Meet with clients to provide marketing or technical advice
  • Direct the hiring of advertising, promotions, and marketing staff and oversee their daily activities

Advertising managers create interest among potential buyers of a product or service. They do this for a department, for an entire organization, or on a project basis (referred to as an account). Advertising managers work in advertising agencies that put together advertising campaigns for clients, in media firms that sell advertising space or time, and in organizations that advertise heavily.

Advertising managers work with sales staff and others to generate ideas for an advertising campaign. They oversee the staff that develops the advertising. They work with the finance department to prepare a budget and cost estimates for the campaign.

Often, advertising managers serve as liaisons between the client and the advertising or promotion agency that develops and places the ads. In larger organizations with extensive advertising departments, different advertising managers may oversee in-house accounts and creative and media services departments.

In addition, some advertising managers specialize in a particular field or type of advertising. For example, media directors determine the way in which an advertising campaign reaches customers. They can use any or all of various media, including radio, television, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and outdoor signs. 

Advertising managers known as account executives manage clients’ accounts, but they are not responsible for developing or supervising the creation or presentation of advertising. That task becomes the work of the creative services department.

Promotions managers direct programs that combine advertising with purchasing incentives to increase sales. Often, the programs use direct mail, inserts in newspapers, Internet advertisements, in-store displays, product endorsements, or special events to target customers. Purchasing incentives may include discounts, samples, gifts, rebates, coupons, sweepstakes, or contests.

Marketing managers estimate the demand for products and services that an organization and its competitors offer. They identify potential markets for the organization’s products.

Marketing managers also develop pricing strategies to help organizations maximize their profits and market share while ensuring that the organizations’ customers are satisfied. They work with sales, public relations, and product development staff.

For example, a marketing manager may monitor trends that indicate the need for a new product or service. Then he or she oversees the development of that product or service. For more information on sales or public relations, see the profiles on sales managers, public relations and fundraising managers, public relations specialists, and market research analysts.

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How To Become A Technical Product Manager

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. These managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales.

Education

A bachelor’s degree is required for most advertising, promotions, and marketing management positions. For advertising management positions, some employers prefer a bachelor’s degree in advertising or journalism. A relevant course of study might include classes in marketing, consumer behavior, market research, sales, communication methods and technology, visual arts, art history, and photography.

Most marketing managers need a bachelor’s degree. Courses in business law, management, economics, finance, computer science, mathematics, and statistics are advantageous. For example, courses in computer science are helpful in developing an approach to maximize online traffic, by utilizing online search results, because maximizing such traffic is critical for digital advertisements and promotions. In addition, completing an internship while in school can be useful.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Advertising, promotional, and marketing managers typically have work experience in advertising, marketing, promotions, or sales. For example, many managers are former sales representatives; buyers or purchasing agents; or public relations specialists.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to analyze industry trends to determine the most promising strategies for their organization. 

Communication skills. Managers must be able to communicate effectively with a broad-based team made up of other managers or staff members during the advertising, promotions, and marketing process. They must also be able to communicate persuasively with the public.

Creativity. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must be able to generate new and imaginative ideas.

Decisionmaking skills. Managers often must choose between competing advertising and marketing strategies put forward by staff.

Interpersonal skills. These managers must deal with a range of people in different roles, both inside and outside the organization.

Organizational skills. Advertising, promotions, and marketing managers must manage their time and budget efficiently while directing and motivating staff members.

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Average Length of Employment
Product Director 3.4 years
Product Manager 3.3 years
Product Lead 3.0 years
Product Owner 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Technical Product Manager
Consultant 5.6%
Manager 3.1%
Internship 2.3%
Top Careers After Technical Product Manager
Consultant 7.0%
Director 2.8%
Owner 2.7%
Manager 2.7%

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Average Yearly Salary
$118,000
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$90,000
Min 10%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$118,000
Median 50%
$155,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Nvidia
Highest Paying City
Redwood City, CA
Highest Paying State
Hawaii
Avg Experience Level
3.3 years
How much does a Technical Product Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Technical Product Manager in the United States is $118,440 per year or $57 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $90,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $155,000.

Real Technical Product Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Product Manager-Technical EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 25, 2016 $206,669
Lead Product Manager-Technical Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 28, 2016 $200,000
Technical Product Manager Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jul 02, 2015 $185,162
Technical Product Manager A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jun 13, 2016 $185,000
Technical Product Manager, EQS Analytics Liquidnet Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Jan 04, 2016 $185,000
Technical Product Manager Nicira, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 10, 2015 $183,872
Lead Product Manager-Technical EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Mar 04, 2016 $181,041
Head of Digital Products and Technology Project Healthy Living, Inc. New York, NY Sep 11, 2015 $180,000
Product Manager-Technical Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jan 29, 2016 $178,000
Staff Technical Product Manager General Electric Company San Ramon, CA May 30, 2016 $175,000
Technical Product Manager A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Dec 19, 2016 $175,000
Technical Product Manager A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 15, 2016 $173,000
Principal Technical Product Manager, Platform Nuance Communications, Inc. Cambridge, MA Aug 01, 2016 $169,541 -
$200,928
Technical Product Manager Thomas & Betts Corporation Memphis, TN Jun 04, 2016 $133,203
Technical Product Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Mar 29, 2016 $133,000
Technical Product Manager Omnivision Technologies, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 25, 2016 $131,000
Technical Product Manager A2Z Development Center, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Oct 10, 2016 $130,460
Technical Product Manager Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA May 11, 2015 $130,000
Product Manager 3-Technical EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 12, 2015 $130,000
Technical Product Manager Merkle Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 21, 2016 $130,000
Technical Product Manager Expedia, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jun 29, 2016 $115,773 -
$133,138
Technical Product Manager Yerdle San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2015 $115,586
Technical Product Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Dec 20, 2016 $115,565 -
$160,000
Technical Product Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Dec 27, 2016 $115,565 -
$160,000
Technical Product Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 17, 2016 $115,565 -
$160,000
Technical Product Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 15, 2016 $115,565 -
$160,000
Technical Product Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Nov 14, 2016 $115,565 -
$160,000
Technical Product Manager III Amazon Corporate LLC Seattle, WA Aug 11, 2016 $115,565 -
$160,000

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Top Skills for A Technical Product Manager

  1. New Product Development
  2. Platform
  3. Product Strategy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed six-member engineering team responsible for new product development of mass spectrometer helium leak detector systems.
  • Translate internal cross functional team requirement and external customer requirements into platform feature requirements and user stories.
  • Analyzed merging and disruptive technologies through monitoring market trends and incorporated findings in global product strategy.
  • Evolved business requirements to support customers' ability to use self-service tool to manage changes autonomously.
  • Provide technical support during all phases of sales processes including technical training/notifications, on-site debug, system bring-up and performance monitoring.

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Top 10 Best States for Technical Product Managers

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  3. Virginia
  4. New Jersey
  5. Rhode Island
  6. California
  7. New York
  8. Delaware
  9. District of Columbia
  10. Pennsylvania
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Technical Product Manager Demographics

Gender

Male

69.8%

Female

22.4%

Unknown

7.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.7%

Asian

16.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

9.1%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

12.8%

Chinese

10.3%

Portuguese

7.7%

German

7.7%

Mandarin

6.4%

Japanese

5.1%

Carrier

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Swedish

1.3%

Irish

1.3%

Dutch

1.3%

Hungarian

1.3%

Norwegian

1.3%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Italian

1.3%
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Technical Product Manager Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.1%

University of Texas at Austin

6.6%

DePaul University

6.6%

Purdue University

6.6%

Santa Clara University

6.1%

University of Washington

6.1%

Northeastern University

5.6%

Boston University

5.1%

Illinois Institute of Technology

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Stanford University

4.5%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

Southern Methodist University

3.5%

Duke University

3.5%

New York University

3.5%

Colorado State University

3.5%
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Majors

Business

25.5%

Computer Science

14.6%

Electrical Engineering

8.4%

Marketing

6.4%

Computer Engineering

4.5%

Management

4.2%

Computer Information Systems

4.0%

Finance

3.8%

Information Technology

3.8%

Mechanical Engineering

3.2%

Chemistry

3.1%

Information Systems

3.1%

Project Management

2.7%

Graphic Design

2.2%

Chemical Engineering

2.0%

English

1.9%

Communication

1.9%

Engineering

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Management Information Systems

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

38.7%

Masters

37.5%

Other

12.9%

Certificate

3.7%

Associate

3.6%

Doctorate

2.9%

Diploma

0.7%

License

0.1%
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