Software Testers in the United States take home an average $55K per year. Cash earnings for Software Testers — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $33K to approximately $87K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and tenure are driving factors as well. Men make up the majority of Software Testers (61 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Software Testers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,653 - $84,278
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$38K
$55K
$84K
MEDIAN: $54,856
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$12.23 - $46.21
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$12
$23
$46
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$37,653 - $84,278  
   
Bonus
$768 - $7,876  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $6,787  
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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$32,584 - $87,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 877
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.23 - $46.21  
   
Overtime
$13.04 - $43.63  
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
$768 - $7,876  
   
Commission
$425.00  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $6,787  
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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$32,584 - $87,300  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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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

  • 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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Quality Assurance Engineer,. The latter position pays an average of $83K annually. Software Testers typically move into roles as Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers or Software Test Leads, and those positions pay $8K more and $24K more, respectively.

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SAS Institute Inc., Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Bank, Accenture, and HP Enterprise Services are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Software Testers. SAS Institute Inc. offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $96K.

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 Test Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Word, C++ Programming Language, and C++. Those proficient in Regression Testing are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $67K. Software Testers bring in $75K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $78K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,411

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For those looking to make money, Software Testers in Bellevue enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 73 percent above the national average. Software Testers will also find cushy salaries in Raleigh (+44 percent), Washington (+37 percent), Dallas (+31 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Compared to the national average, Cincinnati Software Testers have considerably lower salaries, 29 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Madison and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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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


C# Programming Language
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Test Planning
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C#
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Test Automation
0%

National Average
$54,000

Regression Testing
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Black Box Testing
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SQL
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Software Test
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C++
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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
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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