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Software Tester Salary

Software Testers in the United States pull down an average of $57K annually. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Software Testers spread between $32K and $91K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Software Testers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. More than half of Software Testers (65 percent) survey respondents are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,108 - $85,937
(Median)
$36K
$57K
$86K
MEDIAN: $56,507
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$13.17 - $47.57
(Median)
$13
$23
$48
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$36,108 - $85,937  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,500  
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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$32,365 - $91,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 513
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.17 - $47.57  
   
Overtime
$15.46 - $37.37  
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 - $6,500  
   
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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$32,365 - $91,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Software Testers who advance to upper-end positions like Quality Assurance Engineer,. Median pay for Quality Assurance Engineers is $82K 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 $7K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester


Software Testers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with ASP.NET, .NET, and System Testing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, C++, and Test Planning. It is often found that people who know Regression Testing are also skilled in SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $66K. Software Testers see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $67K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Testers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+27 percent), New York (+22 percent), Atlanta (+19 percent), and St. Louis (+18 percent). Small cities Columbus, Cincinnati, and Salt Lake City are less-than-lucrative areas for Software Testers, where pay is not only lower than the national average but also represents the three lowest-paid areas in the country, suggesting that markets with fewer than a million residents are not ideal for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Salt Lake City (22 percent lower).

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


Late-Career
up arrow 22%


National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries

ASP.NET
up arrow 53%

.NET
up arrow 21%

System Testing
up arrow 18%


VB.Net
up arrow 5%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 2%

National Average
$55,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%



Java
up arrow 7%

Test Planning
up arrow 7%

C++
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%