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Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Pay for Software Test Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $71K per year. Total cash earnings of Software Test Engineers range from $48K on the low end to $105K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $7K, respectively. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Making up 74 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Test Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Software Test Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$49,069 - $101,502
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,810
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$19.00 - $43.87
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$19
$31
$44
MEDIAN: $31.00
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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
$49,069 - $101,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,265  
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 - $104,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $43.87  
   
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,265  
   
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 - $104,892  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39
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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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Software Test Engineers who advance into the role of a Test Software Development Engineer are fairly uncommon. Test Software Development Engineers on average earn $87K 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 $82K.

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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 Linux, Java, C++, and Microsoft Word are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like .NET and SQL. Those educated in Linux tend to be well versed 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.


For many Software Test Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During the first five years of their careers, Software Test Engineers see a median income of $68K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $73K. Software Test Engineers see a median salary of $88K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $102K.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 22%


National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Linux
up arrow 8%

Java
up arrow 1%

National Average
$72,000

C++
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 3%

SQL
up arrow 6%

.NET
up arrow 10%

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 15%
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