Software Tester Salary

Average Software Testers in the United States make around $56K annually. Total incomes of Software Testers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $8K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $33K and $90K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career length and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 65 percent of Software Testers are male. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,606 - $86,310

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$12.95 - $46.52

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,606 - $86,310  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,088  
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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$32,660 - $90,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.95 - $46.52  
   
Overtime
$14.68 - $36.07  
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 - $6,088  
   
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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$32,660 - $90,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 263
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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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For Software Testers, progressing to a Quality Assurance Engineer, role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Quality Assurance Engineer, can earn $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 $21K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester


Software Testers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Java, C++, and Selenium Automated Test Tool. For most people, competency in Regression Testing indicates knowledge of SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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


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 $65K. Software Testers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Software Testers, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+28 percent), Baltimore (+26 percent), Washington (+23 percent), and Atlanta (+20 percent). Software Testers in Cincinnati earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Madison (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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 3%

C#
up arrow 1%

Software Test
0%

National Average
$54,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Test Automation
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 6%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 6%

Java
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

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: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%
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