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Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary (United States)

Software Test Engineers in the United States take home an average $70K per year. In the world of Software Test Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $11K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $7K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $48K and $102K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Software Test Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Test Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary (?
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$48,783 - $99,109
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MEDIAN: $70,236
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Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary (?
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$18.49 - $43.32
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,783 - $99,109  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,074  
Profit Sharing
$587 - $7,149  
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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$47,868 - $101,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 325
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.49 - $43.32  
   
Overtime
$27.37 - $74.86  
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 - $11,074  
   
Profit Sharing
$587 - $7,149  
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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$47,868 - $101,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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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While not commonly seen, Software Test Engineers who transition into a Test Software Development Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Test Software Development Engineers is $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.

Software Development Engineer, Test (SDET) Job Listings

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Software Test Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, C#, Java, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like .NET, Microsoft Word, and C++. Many workers who know C++ also know Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Test Engineer (STE)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Software Test Engineers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $67K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $73K. Software Test Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $87K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Software Test Engineer with more than 20 years of experience can earn $99K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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San Diego
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National Average
$72,000
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San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Test Engineers, 26 percent above the national average. Software Test Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+11 percent). Redmond is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Linux
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C#
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National Average
$72,000
Java
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SQL
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Microsoft Word
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C++
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.NET
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Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
23%
female alumni
 
Male
77%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 15%