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Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Pay for Software Test Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $72K per year. Cash earnings for Software Test Engineers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $47K to approximately $104K. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Making up 76 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Test Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,181 - $100,983
(Median)
$48K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,526
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$18.49 - $43.32
(Median)
$18
$32
$43
MEDIAN: $31.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,181 - $100,983  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,197  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $7,213  
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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$46,700 - $104,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 293
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$18.49 - $43.32  
   
Overtime
$27.18 - $75.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,197  
   
Profit Sharing
$587 - $7,213  
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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$46,700 - $104,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 44

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Job Description for Software Test Engineer (STE)

A software test engineer develops manual test cases and test automation scripts to test software products. In other words, the software test engineer is part of a an elaborate team of software engineers who create innovative product lines and product solutions via product development, in addition to maintaining manual and automated testing of the products.

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Software Test Engineer (STE) Tasks

  • Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
  • Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.
  • Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
  • Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.

Common Career Paths for Software Test Engineer (STE)


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Though it's uncommon, some Software Test Engineers move into roles as Test Software Development Engineers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $87K per year. The most common career progression for Software Test Engineers leads to becoming a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer, where pay is typically $62K. However, many Software Test Engineers also opt to become Quality Assurance Engineers, a position that pays $82K on average.

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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)


Survey results suggest that Software Test Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, Microsoft Word, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like .NET, SQL, and C#. For most people, competency in C++ indicates knowledge of Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Test Engineer (STE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Software Test Engineers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Software Test Engineers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $69K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $73K. For Software Test Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $87K. As Software Test Engineers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $101K.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Linux
up arrow 7%

Java
0%

National Average
$73,000

Microsoft Word
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C++
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 5%

.NET
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 14%