Software Tester Salary

Pay for Software Testers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $55K per year. Total cash compensation to Software Testers approaches anywhere from $33K on the lower end to $89K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $6K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Software Testers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. For the most part, Software Testers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,358 - $84,960
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$85K
MEDIAN: $55,334
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$12.95 - $47.70
(Median)
$13
$23
$48
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$36,358 - $84,960  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,116  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,787  
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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$32,911 - $89,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 949
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $47.70  
   
Overtime
$14.93 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,116  
   
Commission
$425.00  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $9,787  
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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$32,911 - $89,273  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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

  • 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 large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Quality Assurance Engineer,. The latter position pays an average of $83K annually. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers or Software Engineers are common next-step roles for Software Testers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers is $8K higher on average, and it's $22K higher for Software Engineers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Tester


HP Enterprise Services offers the largest salaries in town — $68K on average.

Popular Skills for Software Tester


Software Testers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with ASP.NET, .NET, and Selenium Automated Test Tool are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 11 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, C++, and Java. 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.


Software Testers with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $48K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $66K. Software Testers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $74K. Software Testers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,381

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

For Software Testers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Testers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+30 percent), Baltimore (+26 percent), Washington (+20 percent), and San Diego (+17 percent). Houston is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 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




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries

ASP.NET
up arrow 53%

up arrow 11%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 8%

VB.Net
up arrow 5%

Regression Testing
up arrow 2%

Test Planning
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 2%

National Average
$54,000

SQL
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Software Test
up arrow 3%

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

System Testing
up arrow 4%

up arrow 7%


C++
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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