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Software Tester Salary

Pay for Software Testers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $56K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $6K and $8K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Testers can bottom out near $33K or peak near $92K depending on individual performance. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Most Software Testers report high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Software Testers (64 percent) survey respondents are men. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,943 - $87,590
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$88K
MEDIAN: $55,511
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90%

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$13.19 - $46.77
(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
$35,943 - $87,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,075  
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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$32,623 - $91,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 644
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
$13.19 - $46.77  
   
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 - $6,075  
   
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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$32,623 - $91,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 228

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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. Software Testers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers or Software Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester


Survey takers working as Software Testers report using a large range of professional skills. 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, 22 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java, C++, and Software Test. The majority of those who know Regression Testing also know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $65K. Software Testers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $74K. For some reason, Software Testers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $68K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 80 percent, Software Testers in Bellevue receive some of the highest pay in the country. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+33 percent), Atlanta (+30 percent), Washington (+15 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Philadelphia is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Houston and 3 percent less in Arlington, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 55%

System Testing
up arrow 22%

.NET
up arrow 12%


Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 6%

VB.Net
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 3%

National Average
$54,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 2%

Test Planning
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

Software Test
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 7%

Java
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 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
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 20%
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