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Software Tester Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, slightly more than half of Software Testers report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $57K annually. Total cash earnings of Software Testers range from $33K on the low end to $93K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $10K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a fair portion get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. In a profession dominated by men, 64 percent of Software Testers are male. Work is enjoyable for Software Testers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
Software Tester Salary (?
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$35,941 - $87,423
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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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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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Software Testers who transition into an upper level Quality Assurance Engineer, role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $82K per year. Typical career progression for a Software Tester involves becoming a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Engineer, roles that pay $7K more and $19K more on average.

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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, System Testing, and .NET are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 18 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Software Test, Java, and C#. Most people skilled in Regression Testing are similarly competent in Microsoft Word. People who know Software Test usually also know SQL and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $67K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Software Testers make $75K following one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Software Testers report making only $67K on average. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, most land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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Seattle
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Dallas
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Chicago
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New York
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St. Louis
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San Francisco
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Washington
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Portland
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Raleigh
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Baltimore
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National Average
$55,000
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Houston
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Philadelphia
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Columbus
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For those looking to make money, Software Testers in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Other big spenders include Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, and St. Louis, top-paying cities where Software Testers see paychecks higher than average (+30 percent, +27 percent, +21 percent, and +18 percent). The lowest-paying market is Columbus, which sits 24 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Philadelphia and Houston (15 percent lower and 9 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

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%