Software Tester Salary

Earnings for Software Testers in the United States come in at around $56K per year on average. In the world of Software Testers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $33K and $91K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the specific company. Most Software Testers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men account for the majority of Software Testers who responded to the questionnaire — 65 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,939 - $86,770
(Median)
$36K
$56K
$87K
MEDIAN: $55,539
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$13.08 - $46.95
(Median)
$13
$23
$47
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary 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$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$35,939 - $86,770  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,075  
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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$32,676 - $91,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 624
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $46.95  
   
Overtime
$15.00 - $36.61  
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 - $6,075  
   
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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$32,676 - $91,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 215

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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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Software Testers may progress into high-paying roles like Quality Assurance Engineer,, where median compensation is $82K annually. Software Testers most often move into positions as Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers or Software Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester


Software Testers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with ASP.NET, System Testing, and .NET are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 percent, 21 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Java, C++, and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Regression Testing also tend to know SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $65K. Software Testers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. For some reason, Software Testers with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $67K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Testers, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Software Testers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+31 percent), Atlanta (+30 percent), Denver (+20 percent), and St. Louis (+20 percent). Software Testers in Cincinnati make 29 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Philadelphia and Houston (15 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

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 54%

System Testing
up arrow 21%

.NET
up arrow 13%


VB.Net
up arrow 6%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 6%

Test Planning
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Test Automation
0%

National Average
$54,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

C#
up arrow 2%

Software Test
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

C++
up arrow 8%

Java
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 131 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
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 20%