Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Average Software Test Engineers in the United States make around $71K annually. Total incomes of Software Test Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $7K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $46K and $109K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up the majority of Software Test Engineers (69 percent) survey respondents. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,353 - $105,672
(Median)
$48K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,921
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$19.10 - $43.75
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$19
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$44
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,353 - $105,672  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,960  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $6,929  
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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$45,713 - $108,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.10 - $43.75  
   
Overtime
$43.69  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,960  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $6,929  
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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$45,713 - $108,707  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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 pay is an average $88K per year. Going from Software Test Engineer to Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers is $62K. Many others choose to work as Quality Assurance Engineers, where pay is typically $83K.

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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)


Software Test Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Python, Linux, C#, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include .NET and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Linux also know Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Test Engineer (STE)

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Software Test Engineers. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $67K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $74K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Software Test Engineers make a median salary of $88K. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $102K.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 23%


National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Python
up arrow 14%

up arrow 7%

C#
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

National Average
$72,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

.NET
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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