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Software Tester Salary

The median salary for Software Testers in the United States is $56K per year, and compared to other cities, Bellevue offers the biggest paychecks at around $97K on average. Software Testers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+31 percent), Atlanta (+29 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and Baltimore (+16 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,968 - $87,229
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$87K
MEDIAN: $55,928
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$13.17 - $46.95
(Median)
$13
$23
$47
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,968 - $87,229  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,068  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $7,720  
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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$32,540 - $91,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 657
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $46.95  
   
Overtime
$15.10 - $36.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $7,720  
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).
)
$32,540 - $91,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235
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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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At the upper end, Software Testers who move into a Quality Assurance Engineer, role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Assurance Engineers is a much higher $82K per year. Typical career progression for a Software Tester involves becoming a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Engineer, roles that pay $8K more and $21K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with ASP.NET, System Testing, and .NET are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 19 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Java, C++, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Regression Testing are also skilled in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $65K. Software Testers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $74K. Software Testers who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $68K.

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Software Tester Reviews

What is it like working as a Software Tester?

Software Tester in Richfield:
"Salary Check."
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




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries

ASP.NET
up arrow 53%

System Testing
up arrow 19%

.NET
up arrow 11%



Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 6%

SQL
up arrow 5%

VB.Net
up arrow 5%

National Average
$54,000

Test Automation
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Software Test
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 7%

Java
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 20%
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