The average pay for a Software Test Engineer (STE) is $30.37 per hour.
The average pay for a Software Test Engineer (STE) is $74,123 per year.
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Job Description for Software Test Engineer (STE)
A software test engineer develops manual test cases and test automation scripts to test software products. In other words, the software test engineer is part of a an elaborate team of software engineers who create innovative product lines and product solutions via product development, in addition to maintaining manual and automated testing of the products.Read More...
The duties of those in this position revolve around communicating effectively with customers to cater to their software demands, and developing automated tests using programming languages such as Java, Visual Basic, and so on. Developing documentation to demonstrate solutions through writing diagrams, flow charts, and pseudo-codes is a must, so software test engineers must have strong attention to detail to ensure their success. Confidentiality is also a requirement regarding most operations.
Creating test reports which describe automated test results (and managing all resulting data) is another important responsibility. Generally, a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field is required, and prior experience in software test development is almost always preferred. Regular hours and a fixed schedule with sick days and paid holiday time can be expected. Travel is optional, but most applicants opt to visit various conventions to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies in their field. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)
- Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
- Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.
- Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
- Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.
Common Career Paths for Software Test Engineer (STE)
For Software Test Engineers, progressing to a Test Software Development Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Test Software Development Engineer can earn $87K annually. Given that the median pay is $62K, it may be surprising to find that a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer is the most common role for Software Test Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Quality Assurance Engineer, role — which pays $83K — is also typical for Software Test Engineers, though less common by comparison.
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Popular Skills for Software Test Engineer (STE)
Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Python, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and .NET. Those educated in Java tend to be well versed in Microsoft Word.
Pay by Experience Level for Software Test Engineer (STE)
Pay by Experience for a Software Test Engineer (STE) has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Test Engineer (STE) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 90 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Test Engineer (STE) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 43 salaries. An experienced Software Test Engineer (STE) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $94,000 based on 29 salaries. A Software Test Engineer (STE) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $100,000 based on 8 salaries.
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