For Software Test Engineers, annual average wages total $71K per year. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Test Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Software Test Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$49,957 - $109,807
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MEDIAN: $71,381
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$17.67 - $52.84
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,957 - $109,807  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $12,569  
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
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$48,707 - $112,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$17.67 - $52.84  
   
Overtime
$54.49  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $12,569  
   
Profit Sharing
$5,000  
Total Pay (?
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$48,707 - $112,593  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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For Software Test Engineers, progressing to a Test Software Development Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Test Software Development Engineer can earn $88K annually. The most common promotion for Software Test Engineers is a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer position, which usually brings in $62K a year. Another standard transition for Software Test Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Assurance Engineer, role, where pay is often $83K.

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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)


Software Test Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Selenium Automated Test Tool can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 25 percent above average. Python and C++ Programming Language are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 18 percent and 25 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word and .NET. Most people experienced in Java also know Microsoft Word.

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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $84K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Software Test Engineers make $91K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $104K.

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Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 27%


National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Python
up arrow 25%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 25%

C++ Programming Language
up arrow 18%

up arrow 17%

JavaScript
up arrow 9%

C#
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 3%

C# Programming Language
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 1%

SQL
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National Average
$72,000

.NET
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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