Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

The average Software Test Engineer in the United States earns approximately $71K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Software Test Engineers survey respondents are men (74 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$49,530 - $108,780
$50K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,764
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$17.96 - $64.11
$18
$28
$64
MEDIAN: $27.84
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,530 - $108,780  
   
Bonus
$496.65 - $13,047  
Profit Sharing
$3,650  
Total Pay (?
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$45,639 - $115,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.96 - $64.11  
   
Overtime
$34.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$496.65 - $13,047  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,650  
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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$45,639 - $115,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 21

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Software Test Engineer (STE)


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As Software Test Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Test Software Development Engineer, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Test Software Development Engineers earn $87K on average per year. The most common promotion for Software Test Engineers is a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer position, which usually brings in $62K a year. Another standard transition for Software Test Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Assurance Engineer, role, where pay is often $83K.

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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)


Software Test Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Python, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 29 percent, 23 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word. Most people who know Java also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Test Engineer (STE)

Pay by Experience for a Software Test Engineer (STE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Test Engineer (STE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 90 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Test Engineer (STE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 43 salaries. An experienced Software Test Engineer (STE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 29 salaries. A Software Test Engineer (STE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 8 salaries.

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Key Stats for Software Test Engineer (STE)

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
▲41%

Experienced
▲33%

▲16%

National Average
$71,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Python
▲29%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
▲23%

▲20%


JavaScript
▲10%

C#
▲7%


SQL
▲3%

C++
▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$71,000

.NET
▼3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 13%
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