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Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Home to the three top-paying cities for Software Test Engineers in the United States (San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego), California dominates the job market for the field. Total cash compensation for Software Test Engineers runs from $48K to $104K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Software Test Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Software Test Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,323 - $101,142
(Median)
$49K
$72K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,606
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$18.12 - $43.75
(Median)
$18
$31
$44
MEDIAN: $30
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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
$49,323 - $101,142  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
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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$48,175 - $104,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
National Hourly Rate 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$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.12 - $43.75  
   
Overtime
$34.23 - $59.65  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
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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$48,175 - $104,416  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | 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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It doesn't happen often, but some Software Test Engineers do move on to become Test Software Development Engineers. The average pay for that role is slightly higher at $87K per year. Software Test Engineers go on to become Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $62K. Software Test Engineers who move into a Quality Assurance Engineer, role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $82K.

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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)


Survey results imply that Software Test Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like .NET and SQL. Those proficient in Linux are, more often than not, also skilled in Java and C++.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Test Engineer (STE)

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


Software Test Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $69K, 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 $73K. For Software Test Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $88K. Deeply experienced professionals who boast more than 20 years of experience haul in an ample $102K on average.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 20%


National Average
$73,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Linux
up arrow 7%

Java
0%

National Average
$73,000

C++
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 6%

.NET
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 69 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%
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