Software Tester Salary (United States)

With more than half of Software Testers reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $54,976 per year. Compensation ranges from $32,563 on the low end to $93,107 per year on the high end. Overall cash earnings for Software Testers stretch from $35,941 on the lower end to $87,423 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $5,976 from bonuses and $9,696 from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and more than half get vision plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,941 - $87,423
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MEDIAN: $57,077
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Software Tester Salary (?
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$13.11 - $48.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,941 - $87,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $9,696  
Total Pay (?
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$32,563 - $93,107  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 441
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $48.96  
   
Overtime
$19.13 - $37.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $9,696  
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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$32,563 - $93,107  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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Job Description for Software Tester

Software testers are essential to the computer and software industries, as it is their duty to test software products in production before they are released. They find the glitches in software and the areas that may need improvement before the product is finished. Software testers must be thorough, diligent, and able to notice things that others would not.
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Software Tester Tasks
  • Perform both manual and automated testing strategies.
  • Develop testing strategies and analysis for software programs.
  • Evaluate software applications for errors and stability.
  • Debug scripts and identify system flaws.

Common Career Paths for Software Tester

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Compensation may increase greatly for Software Testers who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Sr. Computer Test Engineer may make an additional $27K per year than lower-end positions. Computer Software QA Engineers or Software Engineers are common next-step roles for Software Testers moving up in the field, where annual pay increases by $6,531 or $18,962, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester

Software Testers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with ASP.NET, System Testing, and .NET are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Test, Java, and C#. Most people skilled in Software Test are similarly competent in SQL and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Regression Testing also know Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries start at $47K, which grows to $67K after five to 10 years. Earnings total $77K after one to two decades. Pay actually shrinks for Software Testers after two decades in the profession, averaging $67K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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Seattle
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Dallas
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Chicago
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New York
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San Francisco
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Washington
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Portland
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Raleigh
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Baltimore
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National Average
$55,000
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For Software Testers, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Dallas (+27 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), and St. Louis (+18 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Columbus Software Testers earning much less—24 percent less—than the national average. Workers in Philadelphia and Houston earn less than others in this profession; their -15 percent and -9 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

Software Tester Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Tester?
Software Tester in Richfield:
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Pros: The pay/perks, atmosphere, people I work with and advancement opportunities.
Cons: The actual day to day work activities.

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Experience Affects Software Tester Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries

ASP.NET
up arrow 55%
System Testing
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.NET
up arrow 17%
Test Automation
up arrow 10%
SQL
up arrow 6%
VB.Net
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
0%
National Average
$55,000
Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%
Test Planning
up arrow 3%
C++
up arrow 4%
C#
up arrow 5%
Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 5%
Java
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 18%
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