Software Test Engineer (STE) Salary

Median pay for Software Test Engineers in the United States is around $71K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Software Test Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Test Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$51,709 - $105,130
$52K
$72K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,260
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$17.92 - $66.38
$18
$27
$66
MEDIAN: $27.25
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$0$113K
Salary $51,709 - $105,130
Bonus $493.16 - $12,164
Total Pay (?
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$48,844 - $113,484
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 104
Hourly Data $0$66
Hourly Rate $17.92 - $66.38
Overtime $34.00
Annual Data $0$113K
Bonus $493.16 - $12,164
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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$48,844 - $113,484
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

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
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Experience Affects Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Late-Career
▲37%

Experienced
▲28%

▲12%

National Average
$73,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Software Test Engineer (STE) Salaries

Python
▲24%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
▲19%

▲16%


JavaScript
▲7%

C#
▲4%


National Average
$73,000

C++
▼1%

SQL
▼1%

▼3%

.NET
▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 14%