Median pay for Software Test Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $70K per year. Geographic location and career length 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. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Software Test Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,336 - $108,642
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MEDIAN: $69,915
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$18.09 - $63.02
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,336 - $108,642  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $12,783  
Profit Sharing
$3,650  
Total Pay (?
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$48,215 - $114,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.09 - $63.02  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $12,783  
   
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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$48,215 - $114,653  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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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Software Test Engineers who transition into a Test Software Development Engineer role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $88K 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)


Survey results imply that Software Test Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Selenium Automated Test Tool, Python, and C++ Programming Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 25 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and SQL. Most people familiar with Java also know Microsoft Word.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $66K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $83K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Software Test Engineers bring in $94K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $102K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Key Stats for Software Test Engineer (STE)

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
042
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 33%


National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 27%

Python
up arrow 25%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 19%

up arrow 16%

JavaScript
up arrow 11%

C#
up arrow 8%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 8%

C++
up arrow 3%

National Average
$71,000

Java
up arrow 2%

.NET
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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