Software Tester Salary

Earnings for Software Testers in the United States come in at around $55K annually on average. 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 $91K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Software Testers who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 65 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$36,392 - $86,456
(Median)
$36K
$55K
$86K
MEDIAN: $55,464
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$13.05 - $46.62
(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
$36,392 - $86,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,121  
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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$32,772 - $90,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 687
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.05 - $46.62  
   
Overtime
$18.72 - $36.14  
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 - $6,121  
   
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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$32,772 - $90,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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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. Career advancement for the typical Software Tester often leads to becoming a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester


Software Testers report using 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, 20 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $65K. Software Testers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $68K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Software Testers in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+33 percent), Washington (+23 percent), Atlanta (+20 percent), and Baltimore (+16 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?

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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 20%

.NET
up arrow 8%

VB.Net
up arrow 7%

SQL
up arrow 4%

Regression Testing
up arrow 4%

Test Planning
up arrow 3%

C#
0%

National Average
$54,000

Software Test
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Test Automation
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 7%

Java
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 136 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: 78% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 19%
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