Software Tester Salary (United States)

A little over a half of Software Testers are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $54,976 per year. Compensation generally starts at $32,563 and does not exceed $93,107 per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and most earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Testers. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Software Tester Salary (?
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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 (?
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: 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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Software Testers may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Sr. Computer Test Engineer may bring in a lot more money — an additional $27K annually. The most common next step for Software Testers is moving into roles as Computer Software QA Engineers or Software Engineers, where they can expect an extra $6,531 or $18,962 per year.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester

Software Testers seem to wield many 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Software Test, Java, and C#. Those familiar with Regression Testing also tend to know Microsoft Word. Most people who know Software Test also know SQL and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Starting out, salaries are typically $47K, which grows to $67K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $77K. After working for two decades in the field, Software Testers experience a drop in salary, 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most of the workforce has between one and 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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Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Testers, 41 percent higher than the national average. Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, and St. Louis are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Software Testers earning around 30 percent, 27 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent more than average. Software Testers in Columbus earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Philadelphia (-15 percent) and Houston (-9 percent).

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
up arrow 18%
.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
up arrow 6%

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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