A Software Test Lead earns an average salary of $81,583 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. A skill in e-Commerce is associated with high pay for this job.

$63,788 - $102,347
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$64K
$82K
$100K
MEDIAN: $81,582
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$17.52 - $74.64
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$18
$40
$75
MEDIAN: $39.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,788 - $102,347  
   
Bonus
$990 - $10,570  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$62,697 - $108,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.52 - $74.64  
   
Overtime
$37.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$990 - $10,570  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$62,697 - $108,186  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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

National Average: $82,740

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Software Test Lead Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Software Test Lead in Portland:
"Monitor Daily."
It's nice to give the team respect and trust, but for your own sanity, have a daily check in or check in with each person yourself to get the big picture of what is going on. This way you are always prepared to answer on the status of the test projects you manage.

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Experience Affects Software Test Lead Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%


National Average
$83,000


Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Software Test Lead Salaries

e-Commerce
up arrow 10%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 8%

Windows NT / 2000 / XP Networking
up arrow 8%

Test Planning
up arrow 3%

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$83,000

Software Test
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%

UNIX
up arrow 8%

Oracle
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
47%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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