Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Pay for Software Test Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $71K per year. 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 and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Test Engineers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Test Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,742 - $103,298
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,642
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$18.87 - $42.93
(Median)
$19
$31
$43
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,742 - $103,298  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,792  
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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$48,120 - $106,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.87 - $42.93  
   
Overtime
$35.61 - $71.15  
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 - $11,792  
   
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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$48,120 - $106,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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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 not the most common occurrence, Software Test Engineers sometimes become Test Software Development Engineers, where the average income is $87K per year. Becoming a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer is, more often than not, the most common role that Software Test Engineers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer is $62K. Another frequent advance is for Software Test Engineers to assume a Quality Assurance Engineer, role; in this role, workers often take home $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, Java, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include .NET and SQL. Most people familiar with Linux also know 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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $68K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $72K. Software Test Engineers bring in $91K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $102K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
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National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Linux
up arrow 8%

Java
0%

C++
0%

C#
0%

National Average
$72,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 3%

.NET
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 13%
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