Average Software Tester Salary

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The average salary for a Software Tester is $55,817.
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$39k - $87k
$516 - $7k
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$397 - $5k
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$33k - $88k

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Job Description for Software Tester

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.
The top respondents for the job title Software Tester are from the companies Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), U.S. Bank and Techsmith Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at SAS Institute Inc. where the average pay is $96,886. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Accenture and Techsmith Corporation, earning around $75,200 and $57,644, respectively. Epic pays the lowest at around $50,495. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and U.S. Bank also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $53,926 and $55,877, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Software Tester

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

Pay by Experience Level for Software Tester

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 $46,846 based on 449 salaries. An early career Software Tester with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,449 based on 809 salaries. A mid-career Software Tester with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $67,524 based on 372 salaries. An experienced Software Tester with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,052 based on 185 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $81,296.
Employees with Software Tester in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 43.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (4.0% more) and Seattle, Washington (3.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Denver, Colorado (4.2% less), Cincinnati, Ohio (4.2% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (2.9% less).

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