Game Tester Salary (United States)

A Game Tester earns an average wage of $12.81 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 10 years' experience in this field.
Game Tester Total Pay (?
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$21,532 - $52,576
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $38,793
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Game Tester Total Pay (?
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$8.99 - $22.50
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,532 - $52,576  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
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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$20,319 - $51,627  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.99 - $22.50  
   
Overtime
$11.58 - $24.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,061  
   
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).
)
$20,319 - $51,627  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 90
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Job Description for Game Tester

Good game testers — usually working in quality assurance (QA) departments — are an essential part of making sure that video games are error-free and ship on time. Testers usually are introduced into the development cycle of a game as soon as early playable versions (or “builds”) of the software are available. The tester frequently has scripts of steps to follow and repeat on newer and modified iterations of each build. The testers make extensive notes of performance and experiential data for the developers to use in improving the product.
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Experience Affects Game Tester Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%
National Average
$29,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
18%
female alumni
 
Male
82%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
20%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 52%
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