Software Tester Salary

Software Testers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $56K per year. Overall cash earnings for Software Testers vary widely between $32K and $87K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $6K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but the particular city and tenure are influential factors as well. Software Testers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Testers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,713 - $84,649
$39K
$56K
$85K
MEDIAN: $55,986
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$12.19 - $44.40
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$44
MEDIAN: $22.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,713 - $84,649  
   
Bonus
$765 - $6,057  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $6,040  
Commission
$425.00  
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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$32,448 - $86,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 899
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $44.40  
   
Overtime
$14.93 - $40.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$765 - $6,057  
   
Commission
$425.00  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $6,040  
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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$32,448 - $86,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 357

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Job Description for Software Tester

When a software or app developer is creating a program for professional or consumer use, a software tester plays a key role in the process. The tester typically works as part of a quality assurance or engineering quality control department. He or she receives software builds at various stages of completion and puts the program through a variety tests, documenting the software's response. One of the key components in testing is documenting the steps performed in software testing; documentation is especially important since it is often key to helping programmers and software engineers to discover coding problems. Another key aspect of the tester's work is finding repeatable crashes and bugs in a program.

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Software Tester Tasks

  • Evaluate software applications for errors and stability.
  • Debug scripts and identify system flaws.
  • Perform both manual and automated testing strategies.
  • Develop testing strategies and analysis for software programs.

Common Career Paths for Software Tester


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As Software Testers transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Assurance Engineer,, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Assurance Engineers earn $83K on average per year. Becoming a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Test Quality Assurance Analyst is a common transition from a Software Tester role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Tester


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Bank, SAS Institute Inc., Accenture, and HP Enterprise Services are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Software Testers. Those at SAS Institute Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $101K.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) — the median salary comes to just $51K, just about half of the top paying company's median.

Popular Skills for Software Tester


Survey results imply that Software Testers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Selenium Automated Test Tool, .NET, C# Programming Language, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 12 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, C++, and C++ Programming Language. Most people skilled in Regression Testing are similarly competent in SQL and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

Pay by Experience for a Software Tester has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Tester with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 843 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Tester with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 332 salaries. An experienced Software Tester which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 161 salaries. A Software Tester with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,119

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Bellevue is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Testers, 71 percent higher than the national average. Software Testers will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+41 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), and San Francisco (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Madison, 10 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Cincinnati and 8 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Software Tester Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Software Tester

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Software Tester Salaries

▲47%

▲37%

▲24%

National Average
$55,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries


▲12%




C#
▲1%

Black Box Testing
▼0%

National Average
$55,000


SQL
▼1%


▼2%



C++
▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 21%
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