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Working as a Functional Tester

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a functional tester. For example, did you know that they make an average of $34.64 an hour? That's $72,043 a year!

What Does a Functional Tester Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a functional tester, we found that a lot of resumes listed 29.7% of functional testers included test scripts, while 5.6% of resumes included web services, and 5.6% of resumes included business process. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the functional tester job title. But what industry to start with? Most functional testers actually find jobs in the technology and finance industries.

How To Become a Functional Tester

If you're interested in becoming a functional tester, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 45.1% of functional testers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 28.8% of functional testers have master's degrees. Even though most functional testers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a functional tester. When we researched the most common majors for a functional tester, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on functional tester resumes include associate degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a functional tester. In fact, many functional tester jobs require experience in a role such as quality assurance lead. Meanwhile, many functional testers also have previous career experience in roles such as quality assurance analyst or quality assurance tester.

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Average Salary$72,043

Functional Tester Career Paths

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Average Salary for a Functional Tester

Functional Testers in America make an average salary of $72,043 per year or $35 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $87,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $59,000 per year.
Average Salary
$72,043

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Windsor, CT
Salary Range73k - 98k$85k$85,328
Fort Collins, CO
Salary Range72k - 100k$85k$85,285
Richmond, VA
Salary Range72k - 99k$85k$84,604
Jersey City, NJ
Salary Range71k - 97k$83k$83,389
Houston, TX
Salary Range65k - 93k$78k$78,432
Charlotte, NC
Salary Range65k - 90k$77k$77,106
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Recently Added Salaries

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Child Welfare Functional Tester
Child Welfare Functional Tester
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$93,91511/12/2020
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$103,30708/04/2020
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Child Welfare Functional Tester
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$93,91507/29/2020
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Testing Automation Consultant
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$104,35006/04/2020
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Functional Tester Resumes

Designing and figuring out what to include on your resume can be tough, not to mention time-consuming. That's why we put together a guide that is designed to help you craft the perfect resume for becoming a Functional Tester. If you're needing extra inspiration, take a look through our selection of templates that are specific to your job.

Learn How To Write a Functional Tester Resume

At Zippia, we went through countless Functional Tester resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

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Functional Tester Demographics

Gender

male

60.5 %

female

33.7 %

unknown

5.9 %

Ethnicity

White

72.3 %

Asian

11.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

7.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.0 %

Hindi

8.1 %

Portuguese

8.1 %
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Functional Tester Education

Majors

Business
11.7 %

Degrees

Bachelors

45.1 %

Masters

28.8 %

Associate

8.6 %

Top Colleges for Functional Testers

1. California State University - Long Beach

Long Beach, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$6,798
Enrollment
31,503

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,832
Enrollment
4,550

3. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

4. Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,992
Enrollment
33,495

5. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

6. Duke University

Durham, NC • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

7. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pomona, CA • Public

In-State Tuition
$7,353
Enrollment
24,841

8. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

9. Minnesota State University - Mankato

Mankato, MN • Public

In-State Tuition
$8,184
Enrollment
11,675

10. Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC • Public

In-State Tuition
$3,926
Enrollment
9,835
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Best States For a Functional Tester

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a functional tester. The best states for people in this position are Maryland, Connecticut, Colorado, and Virginia. Functional testers make the most in Maryland with an average salary of $92,309. Whereas in Connecticut and Colorado, they would average $85,703 and $85,302, respectively. While functional testers would only make an average of $84,796 in Virginia, you would still make more there than in the rest of the country. We determined these as the best states based on job availability and pay. By finding the median salary, cost of living, and using the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Location Quotient, we narrowed down our list of states to these four.

1. Maryland

Total Functional Tester Jobs:
467
Highest 10% Earn:
$124,000
Location Quotient:
1.67
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

2. Virginia

Total Functional Tester Jobs:
893
Highest 10% Earn:
$114,000
Location Quotient:
1.88
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here

3. Colorado

Total Functional Tester Jobs:
391
Highest 10% Earn:
$116,000
Location Quotient:
1.41
Location Quotient is a measure used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to determine how concentrated a certain industry is in a single state compared to the nation as a whole. You can read more about how BLS calculates location quotients here
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Top Functional Tester Employers

1. Capgemini
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$75,980
Functional Testers Hired: 
5,858+
2. IBM
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$77,148
Functional Testers Hired: 
117+
3. Tata Consultancy Services
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$75,218
Functional Testers Hired: 
70+
4. Accenture
4.5
Avg. Salary: 
$88,561
Functional Testers Hired: 
56+
5. Jabil
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$81,149
Functional Testers Hired: 
33+
6. Cognizant
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$71,866
Functional Testers Hired: 
22+
Updated October 2, 2020