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Software Tester Salary (United States)

A Software Tester earns an average salary of $57,077 per year. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are ASP. NET, System Testing, . NET, and Test Automation.
Software Tester Salary (?
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$35,941 - $87,423
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $57,077
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Software Tester Salary (?
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$13.11 - $48.96
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MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$35,941 - $87,423  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
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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$32,563 - $93,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 441
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$13.11 - $48.96  
   
Overtime
$19.13 - $37.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,976  
   
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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$32,563 - $93,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 156
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
up arrow 41%
Seattle
up arrow 30%
Dallas
up arrow 27%
Chicago
up arrow 21%
New York
up arrow 18%
St. Louis
up arrow 18%
San Francisco
up arrow 16%
Washington
up arrow 15%
Portland
up arrow 14%
Raleigh
up arrow 12%
Baltimore
up arrow 10%
National Average
$55,000
Minneapolis
up arrow 3%
Houston
up arrow 9%
Philadelphia
up arrow 15%
Columbus
up arrow 24%
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Software Tester Reviews

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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

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries

ASP.NET
up arrow 55%
System Testing
up arrow 18%
.NET
up arrow 17%
Test Automation
up arrow 10%
SQL
up arrow 6%
VB.Net
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
0%
National Average
$55,000
Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%
Test Planning
up arrow 3%
C++
up arrow 4%
C#
up arrow 5%
Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 5%
Java
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
36%
female alumni
 
Male
64%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 18%