Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Software Test Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $71K annually. Total cash compensation for Software Test Engineers runs from $46K to $109K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $7K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Software Test Engineers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 69 percent of professionals. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$48,353 - $105,672
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$48K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,921
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$19.10 - $43.75
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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. Given that the median pay is $62K, it may be surprising to find that a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer is the most common role for Software Test Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Quality Assurance Engineer, role — which pays $83K — is also typical for Software Test Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)


Survey results suggest that Software Test Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional 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 pay less than market rate 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.


For many Software Test Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $67K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $74K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 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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