Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Pay for Software Test Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $70K per year. Overall cash earnings for Software Test Engineers stretch from $48K on the lower end to $105K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $12K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Software Test Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Test Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,755 - $101,869
(Median)
$49K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,495
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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
$48,755 - $101,869  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,513  
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 - $104,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
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 (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,513  
   
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 - $104,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 some Software Test Engineers move into positions like Test Software Development Engineer (where the average salary is $87K), this progression is not the norm. 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)


Survey results imply that Software Test Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, C++, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include .NET and SQL. 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.


For many Software Test Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. 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 bring in $90K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals who achieve more than 20 years of experience generally enjoy cushy salaries; their median compensation sits in the ballpark of $102K, a plump six-figure sum.

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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%

National Average
$72,000

C#
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 6%

.NET
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 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: 66% employee benefits None: 13%
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