Software Tester Salary

Software Testers in the United States take home an average $55K per year. Total incomes of Software Testers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $33K and $89K. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Male Software Testers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 65 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took 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 (?
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$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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As Software Testers transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Assurance Engineer,, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Assurance Engineers earn $83K on average per year. 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 Employer Salaries for Software Tester


HP Enterprise Services leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $68K.

Popular Skills for Software Tester


Survey results imply that Software Testers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, C++, and Java. Those proficient in Regression Testing are, more often than not, also skilled in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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


For many Software Testers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $48K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $66K. For Software Testers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $74K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $77K on average.

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). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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%

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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