Software Tester Salary

Median pay for Software Testers in the United States is around $56K annually. Cash earnings for Software Testers — including $6K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $33K to $87K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Male Software Testers are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 61 percent of professionals. For the most part, Software Testers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,706 - $83,968
$39K
$56K
$84K
MEDIAN: $55,678
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$12.22 - $45.09
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MEDIAN: $22.46
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$38,706 - $83,968  
   
Bonus
$515 - $6,112  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $5,068  
Commission
$425.00  
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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$33,377 - $86,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 852
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $45.09  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $43.36  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$515 - $6,112  
   
Commission
$425.00  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $5,068  
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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$33,377 - $86,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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Job Description for Software Tester

When a software or app developer is creating a program for professional or consumer use, a software tester plays a key role in the process. The tester typically works as part of a quality assurance or engineering quality control department. He or she receives software builds at various stages of completion and puts the program through a variety tests, documenting the software's response. One of the key components in testing is documenting the steps performed in software testing; documentation is especially important since it is often key to helping programmers and software engineers to discover coding problems. Another key aspect of the tester's work is finding repeatable crashes and bugs in a program.

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Software Tester Tasks

  • Evaluate software applications for errors and stability.
  • Debug scripts and identify system flaws.
  • Perform both manual and automated testing strategies.
  • Develop testing strategies and analysis for software programs.

Common Career Paths for Software Tester


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Software Testers who go on to become Quality Assurance Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Quality Assurance Engineers is $83K annually. It is not uncommon for a Software Tester to continue on to become a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Test Quality Assurance Analyst.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Tester


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Bank, SAS Institute Inc., Accenture, and HP Enterprise Services are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Software Testers. For Software Testers, comfortable salaries can be found at SAS Institute Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $101K, the highest in the area.

With a median salary of $51K, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) provides Software Testers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $60K, limiting employee salary growth.

Popular Skills for Software Tester


Software Testers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Selenium Automated Test Tool, .NET, C# Programming Language, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word, C++, and C++ Programming Language. Those educated in Regression Testing tend to be well versed in SQL and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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


Software Testers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $49K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $68K. Software Testers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $75K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $81K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,016

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Bellevue offers some of the highest pay in the country for Software Testers, 71 percent above the national average. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Raleigh (+41 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Dallas (+23 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). Madison is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Cincinnati and 8 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Software Tester

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Software Tester Salaries

▲48%

▲37%

▲24%

National Average
$55,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries


▲12%




C#
▲1%

SQL
▼0%

Black Box Testing
▼0%

National Average
$55,000



▼2%



C++
▼9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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