Software Tester Salary

Median pay for Software Testers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $55K annually. Cash earnings for Software Testers — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $88K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Software Testers like their work and job satisfaction is high. While just under a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the greater part have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,556 - $86,971
$38K
$55K
$87K
MEDIAN: $55,351
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90%

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$12.18 - $44.50
$12
$22
$44
MEDIAN: $22.40
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$0$88K
Salary $37,556 - $86,971
Bonus $795 - $7,946
Profit Sharing $394.53 - $5,068
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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$32,513 - $88,802
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 813
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $12.18 - $44.50
Overtime $15.28 - $39.17
Annual Data $0$88K
Bonus $795 - $7,946
Profit Sharing $394.53 - $5,068
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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$32,513 - $88,802
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 317

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

  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Software Tester


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At the upper end, Software Testers who move into a Quality Assurance Engineer, role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Quality Assurance Engineers is a much higher $83K per year. A Software Tester may also move into a role as a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer or a Software Test Quality Assurance Analyst.

Software Tester Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Software Tester


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Bank, SAS Institute Inc., Accenture, and HP Enterprise Services are among the top companies that take on many Software Testers. SAS Institute Inc. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $101K.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $51K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $60K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Software Tester


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Selenium Automated Test Tool, .NET, C# Programming Language, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, C++, and C++ Programming Language. Those familiar with Regression Testing also tend to know SQL and Microsoft Word.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

Pay by Experience for a Software Tester has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Tester with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 843 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Tester with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 332 salaries. An experienced Software Tester which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 161 salaries. A Software Tester with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,571

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Software Testers, Bellevue provides a pay rate that is 73 percent greater than the national average. Software Testers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Raleigh (+43 percent), Washington (+31 percent), Dallas (+24 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Madison is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Cincinnati and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Software Tester Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Tester?

Software Tester in Richfield:
"Salary Check."
Pros: The pay/perks, atmosphere, people I work with and advancement opportunities.
Cons: The actual day to day work activities.

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Key Stats for Software Tester

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Experience Affects Software Tester Salaries

▲49%

▲38%

▲25%

National Average
$55,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Software Tester Salaries


▲13%




C#
▲2%

Black Box Testing
▲1%


SQL
▼0%

National Average
$55,000


▼1%



C++
▼8%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 22%