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Average Software Tester Salary

$56,600
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,528
Bonus
$1,965
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The average salary for a Software Tester is $56,600.
10%
$39k
MEDIAN
$57k
90%
$88k
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$39k - $88k
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$800 - $4k
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$33k - $87k
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What Do Software Testers Do?

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.

Job Satisfaction for Software Tester

4 out of 5
(58)
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The top respondents for the job title Software Tester are from the companies Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Techsmith Corporation and U.S. Bank. Reported salaries are highest at SAS Institute Inc. where the average pay is $96,000. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Techsmith Corporation, earning around $58,373. Epic pays the lowest at around $51,000. U.S. Bank also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $56,392.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Software Testers?

Skills in Test Planning, Black Box Testing, System Testing and Regression Testing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Software Test.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Software Testers?

An entry-level Software Tester with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $47,476 based on 136 salaries. An early career Software Tester with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,408 based on 325 salaries. A mid-career Software Tester with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,533 based on 159 salaries. An experienced Software Tester with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $73,659 based on 119 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $80,924.
Employees with Software Tester in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 24.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (6.7% more) and Seattle, Washington (5.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio (16.1% less), Chicago, Illinois (10.0% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (4.8% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 777 survey responses.
Entry Level
17.5%
Early Career
41.8%
Mid Career
20.5%
Experienced
15.3%
Late Career
4.9%