Software Tester Salary

Software Testers in the United States take home approximately $55K annually on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $8K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Software Testers can bottom out near $33K or peak near $87K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but the specific employer and experience level are influential factors as well. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Software Testers are male. Although about one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. For the most part, Software Testers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,242 - $84,322
$38K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $55,308
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$12.20 - $45.66
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$46
MEDIAN: $22.64
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$38,242 - $84,322  
   
Bonus
$508 - $7,830  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $6,904  
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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$33,255 - $87,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 884
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.20 - $45.66  
   
Overtime
$14.59 - $40.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$508 - $7,830  
   
Commission
$425.00  
Profit Sharing
$608 - $6,904  
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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$33,255 - $87,321  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 350

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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 transition into a Quality Assurance Engineer, role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $83K per year. Typical career progression for a Software Tester involves becoming a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Test Lead, roles that pay $8K more and $25K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Tester


Dominating the field, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Bank, SAS Institute Inc., Accenture, and HP Enterprise Services are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Software Testers. SAS Institute Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $101K.

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, C# Programming Language, .NET, and C# are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, C++ Programming Language, and C++. It is often found that people who know Regression Testing are also skilled 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.


For many Software Testers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $49K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $68K. On average, Software Testers make $75K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $79K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,731

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For Software Testers, busy Bellevue offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 72 percent above the national average. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+30 percent), Washington (+29 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Denver (+7 percent). Compared to the national average, Cincinnati Software Testers have considerably lower salaries, 24 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Madison and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Software Tester Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Tester?

Software Tester in Richfield:
"Salary Check."
Pros: The pay/perks, atmosphere, people I work with and advancement opportunities.
Cons: The actual day to day work activities.

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Key Stats for Software Tester

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Software Tester Salaries

▲45%

▲38%

▲24%

National Average
$55,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries


C# Programming Language
▲10%

▲8%

C#
▲2%


Test Automation
▼0%

Black Box Testing
▼0%

National Average
$55,000


SQL
▼2%


▼4%


C++
▼8%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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