$74,123
Avg. Salary
$30.37
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$4,772

Bonus

$4,000

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

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.

10%
$18.20
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$30.37
50%
$56.15
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90%
MEDIAN $30.37
10%
$51k
10%
$74k
50%
$118k
90%
90%
MEDIAN $74,123
$51,202 - $118,078
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MEDIAN: $74,123
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$18.20 - $56.15
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$0$123K
Salary $51,202 - $118,078
Bonus $992 - $12,362
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$50,382 - $123,111
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 183
Hourly Data $0$56
Hourly Rate $18.20 - $56.15
Overtime $34.00
Annual Data $0$123K
Bonus $992 - $12,362
Profit Sharing $4,000
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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$50,382 - $123,111
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 25

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.

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Software Test Engineer (STE) Tasks
  • 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)


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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.

Software Test Engineer (STE) Job Listings

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.

Software Test Engineer (STE) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Test Engineer (STE)?

Software Test Engineer (STE) in Washington:
"Software Test Engineer."
Pros: Salary. Flexibility. Benefits.
Cons: Personality of coworkers. Location.

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Key Stats for Software Test Engineer (STE)

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
▲35%

Experienced
▲26%

▲10%

National Average
$75,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Python
▲22%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
▲17%

▲14%


JavaScript
▲5%

C#
▲2%


National Average
$75,000

SQL
▼2%

C++
▼3%

▼5%

.NET
▼7%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 12%