Software Tester Salary

Software Testers in the United States take home approximately $56K per year on average. Cash earnings for Software Testers — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $33K to approximately $91K. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Male Software Testers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A fair number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,514 - $86,338
(Median)
$37K
$56K
$86K
MEDIAN: $55,618
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90%

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$13.06 - $46.57
(Median)
$13
$23
$47
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,514 - $86,338  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,114  
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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$32,836 - $90,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 701
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.06 - $46.57  
   
Overtime
$17.22 - $36.20  
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 - $6,114  
   
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).
)
$32,836 - $90,608  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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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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Software Testers who go on to become Quality Assurance Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Quality Assurance Engineers is $82K annually. The most common next step for a Software Tester is to become a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Engineer. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $21K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 53 percent, 19 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Java, C++, and Selenium Automated Test Tool. Most people skilled in Regression Testing are similarly competent in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $65K. Software Testers see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Software Testers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Software Testers that is 34 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Software Testers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+32 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Baltimore (+15 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Houston is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries

ASP.NET
up arrow 53%

System Testing
up arrow 19%

.NET
up arrow 8%


VB.Net
up arrow 6%

SQL
up arrow 4%

Regression Testing
up arrow 4%

C#
0%

National Average
$54,000

Software Test
up arrow 1%

Test Automation
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 6%

C++
up arrow 7%

Java
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 138 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 19%
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