Software Test Lead Salary (United States)

A Software Test Lead earns an average salary of $73,900 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in e-Commerce is associated with high pay for this job.
Software Test Lead Salary (?
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$51,540 - $96,891
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $73,899
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Software Test Lead Salary (?
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$19.84 - $57.20
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MEDIAN: $41.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,540 - $96,891  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,957  
Profit Sharing
$46.37 - $5,017  
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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$53,896 - $103,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.84 - $57.20  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $58.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,957  
   
Profit Sharing
$46.37 - $5,017  
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).
)
$53,896 - $103,272  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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Job Description for Software Test Lead

The role of a software test lead is to effectively lead a test team. In this role, the lead must understand how to effectively implement a testing process while holding a manager's leadership duties. The software test lead must meet supervisors' and colleagues' expectations within the company's time frames for release. During the testing process, the software test lead may create a new customer profile, update existing profiles, and conduct security, backup, and recovery. Responsibilities may be tailored depending on the software test lead's specific organization. However, the testing team is usually involved in design review, function testing, and system testing.
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Software Test Lead Tasks
  • Contribute to planning software development process to produce high quality products.
  • Create and implement tests, test cases, and design specifications.
  • Shape and grow a team of testers.
  • Analyze test results and communicate with other teams to resolve software defects.

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Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Chicago
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Atlanta
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National Average
$77,000
Dallas
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New York
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Charlotte
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Houston
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Experience Affects Software Test Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%
National Average
$77,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Skills That Affect Software Test Lead Salaries

e-Commerce
up arrow 16%
Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 10%
Test Automation
up arrow 9%
Java
up arrow 7%
Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 7%
Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 5%
Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 4%
Software Test
up arrow 2%
Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 2%
SQL
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%
National Average
$77,000
Project Management
up arrow 2%
UNIX
up arrow 2%
Oracle
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
20%
female alumni
 
Male
80%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
61%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 15%