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Working as a Manual Tester

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a manual tester. For example, did you know that they make an average of $33.78 an hour? That's $70,263 a year!

What Does a Manual Tester Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a manual tester, we found that a lot of resumes listed 21.1% of manual testers included test scripts, while 8.4% of resumes included business process, and 5.1% of resumes included qa. 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 manual tester job title. But what industry to start with? Most manual testers actually find jobs in the technology and finance industries.

How To Become a Manual Tester

If you're interested in becoming a manual tester, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 64.5% of manual testers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 27.6% of manual testers have master's degrees. Even though most manual testers have a college degree, it's impossible 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 manual tester. When we researched the most common majors for a manual tester, we found that they most commonly earn bachelor's degree degrees or master's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on manual tester resumes include diploma degrees or associate degree degrees.

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

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Average Salary$70,263

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Average Salary for a Manual Tester

Manual Testers in America make an average salary of $70,263 per year or $34 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $88,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $55,000 per year.
Average Salary
$70,263

Best Paying Cities

City
Average Salary
Washington, DC
Salary Range78k - 111k$93k$93,448
Baltimore, MD
Salary Range72k - 102k$86k$86,210
Raleigh, NC
Salary Range65k - 93k$78k$78,307
Mountain View, CA
Salary Range62k - 96k$77k$77,447
Columbus, OH
Salary Range62k - 89k$75k$74,587
Stamford, CT
Salary Range61k - 86k$73k$72,935
$47k
$111k

Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Electronic Manual Tester
Electronic Manual Tester
Randstad
Randstad
01/30/2021
01/30/2021
$54,53301/30/2021
$54,533
Manual Tester
Manual Tester
Randstad
Randstad
12/22/2020
12/22/2020
$146,09012/22/2020
$146,090
Electronic Manual Tester
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Randstad
11/19/2020
11/19/2020
$51,13211/19/2020
$51,132
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07/27/2020
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$83,48007/27/2020
$83,480
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PDDN Inc.
PDDN Inc.
07/26/2020
07/26/2020
$73,04507/26/2020
$73,045
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Manual Tester Demographics

Gender

female

48.6 %

male

46.9 %

unknown

4.5 %

Ethnicity

White

72.3 %

Asian

11.3 %

Hispanic or Latino

7.4 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Marathi

15.4 %

Hindi

15.4 %

Spanish

15.4 %
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Manual Tester Education

Majors

Degrees

Bachelors

64.5 %

Masters

27.6 %

Diploma

3.8 %

Top Colleges for Manual Testers

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA • Private

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

2. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

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

3. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA • Private

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

4. Duke University

Durham, NC • Private

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

5. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

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

6. Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA • Public

In-State Tuition
$12,424
Enrollment
15,201

7. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,188
Enrollment
15,105

8. Georgetown University

Washington, DC • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,104
Enrollment
7,089

9. Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,453
Enrollment
4,312

10. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451
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Best States For a Manual Tester

Some places are better than others when it comes to starting a career as a manual tester. The best states for people in this position are Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and South Dakota. Manual testers make the most in Virginia with an average salary of $90,319. Whereas in Delaware and Maryland, they would average $88,272 and $86,132, respectively. While manual testers would only make an average of $83,259 in South Dakota, 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. Virginia

Total Manual Tester Jobs:
835
Highest 10% Earn:
$125,000
Location Quotient:
1.86
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. Delaware

Total Manual Tester Jobs:
50
Highest 10% Earn:
$122,000
Location Quotient:
1.36
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. District of Columbia

Total Manual Tester Jobs:
157
Highest 10% Earn:
$130,000
Location Quotient:
1.78
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 Manual Tester Employers

1. Citi
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$80,686
Manual Testers Hired: 
11+
2. Tata Consultancy Services
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$70,531
Manual Testers Hired: 
11+
3. Wells Fargo
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$80,629
Manual Testers Hired: 
10+
4. Comcast
4.7
Avg. Salary: 
$83,062
Manual Testers Hired: 
10+
5. Bank of America
4.8
Avg. Salary: 
$80,668
Manual Testers Hired: 
9+
6. Cognizant
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$72,770
Manual Testers Hired: 
9+
Updated October 2, 2020