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Working as a Test System Manager

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a test system manager. For example, did you know that they make an average of $54.61 an hour? That's $113,585 a year!

What Does a Test System Manager Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a test system manager, we found that a lot of resumes listed 41.7% of test system managers included test plans, while 5.9% of resumes included system integration, and 3.8% of resumes included qa. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the test system manager job title. But what industry to start with? Most test system managers actually find jobs in the technology and telecommunication industries.

How To Become a Test System Manager

If you're interested in becoming a test system manager, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 51.3% of test system managers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 31.6% of test system managers have master's degrees. Even though most test system managers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a test system manager. When we researched the most common majors for a test system manager, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on test system manager resumes include associate degree degrees or doctoral degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a test system manager. In fact, many test system manager jobs require experience in a role such as system test engineer. Meanwhile, many test system managers also have previous career experience in roles such as quality assurance lead or test manager.

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Average Salary for a Test System Manager

Test System Managers in America make an average salary of $113,585 per year or $55 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $135,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $95,000 per year.
Average Salary
$113,585

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Foster City, CA
Salary Range101k - 159k$128k$127,519
Sugar Land, TX
Salary Range93k - 136k$113k$112,914
$93k
$159k

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System Build & Testing Manager (IT Project Managers)
System Build & Testing Manager (IT Project Managers)
Diversant LLC
Diversant LLC
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$78,01209/05/2019
$78,012
System Build & Testing Manager (IT Project Managers)
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$80,41206/25/2019
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System Build and Testing Manager (Software Developer, Apps)
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Diversant LLC
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06/24/2019
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$94,06106/24/2019
$94,061
Manager, Systems Test
Manager, Systems Test
Calix, Inc.
Calix, Inc.
06/11/2019
06/11/2019
$167,52306/11/2019
$167,523
Manager of Reliability Test System
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Omnivision Technologies, Inc.
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01/18/2019
01/18/2019
$135,60001/18/2019
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Test System Manager Demographics

Gender

male

77.4 %

female

20.9 %

unknown

1.7 %

Ethnicity

White

62.6 %

Asian

16.4 %

Hispanic or Latino

9.5 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

German

16.7 %

French

16.7 %

Carrier

16.7 %
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Test System Manager Education

Majors

Business
10.3 %

Degrees

Bachelors

51.3 %

Masters

31.6 %

Associate

11.8 %

Top Colleges for Test System Managers

1. California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

In-State Tuition
$6,798
Enrollment
31,503

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$51,832
Enrollment
4,550

3. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

4. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

In-State Tuition
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

5. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

6. Duke University

Durham, NC

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

7. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, CA

In-State Tuition
$7,353
Enrollment
24,841

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

9. Minnesota State University - Mankato

Mankato, MN

In-State Tuition
$8,184
Enrollment
11,675

10. Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

In-State Tuition
$3,926
Enrollment
9,835
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Best States For a Test System Manager

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a test system manager. The best states for people in this position are Colorado, California, New Hampshire, and Delaware. Test system managers make the most in Colorado with an average salary of $126,452. Whereas in California and New Hampshire, they would average $122,658 and $120,973, respectively. While test system managers would only make an average of $119,182 in Delaware, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Colorado

Total Test System Manager Jobs:
281
Highest 10% Earn:
$181,000
Location Quotient:
2.19
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. New Hampshire

Total Test System Manager Jobs:
61
Highest 10% Earn:
$159,000
Location Quotient:
1.79
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. District of Columbia

Total Test System Manager Jobs:
71
Highest 10% Earn:
$179,000
Location Quotient:
1.64
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Test System Manager Employers

1. IBM
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$94,835
Test System Managers Hired: 
10+
2. AT&T
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$46,585
Test System Managers Hired: 
8+
3. Motorola Solutions
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$90,063
Test System Managers Hired: 
6+
4. Boeing
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$91,362
Test System Managers Hired: 
5+
5. Lockheed Martin
4.9
Avg. Salary: 
$100,893
Test System Managers Hired: 
5+
6. Schlumberger
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$65,373
Test System Managers Hired: 
3+

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Updated October 2, 2020