Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

For Software Test Engineers, the fattest paychecks can be found in the Golden State; the three highest-paying cities in the field are San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. In the world of Software Test Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $48K and $106K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $12K and $7K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Test Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$48,803 - $103,199

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$19.00 - $42.83

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,803 - $103,199  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,878  
Profit Sharing
$582 - $7,255  
Total Pay (?
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$48,228 - $106,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $42.83  
   
Overtime
$34.60 - $73.17  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$582 - $7,255  
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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$48,228 - $106,268  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 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 do not often transition into Test Software Development Engineer roles. The role averages $87K per year. A Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer role is the most common promotion for Software Test Engineers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $62K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Software Test Engineers is a Quality Assurance Engineer, position, where earnings are usually $82K.

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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)


Software Test Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, C++, Java, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include .NET and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Linux are 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $68K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $73K. Software Test Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $91K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $101K.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Linux
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Java
0%

C++
0%

C#
0%

National Average
$72,000

Microsoft Word
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SQL
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.NET
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 14%
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