Updated February 9, 2022
Average Software Tester Salary
$76,000 yearly
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$36.95 hourly

Entry level Salary
$60,000 yearly
$60,000
10 %
$76,000
Median
$97,000
90 %
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What is a Software Tester's Salary?

PercentileAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly Rate
90th Percentile$97,000$8,083$47
75th Percentile$87,000$7,250$42
Average$76,847$6,404$37
25th Percentile$67,000$5,583$32
10th Percentile$60,000$5,000$29

Average Software Tester Salary By State

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Software Tester average salary by State

StateAvg. SalaryHourly RateJob Count
Alabama$71,801$34.52761
Alaska$85,027$40.88102
Arizona$74,787$35.961,198
Arkansas$70,170$33.74567
California$91,511$44.0010,612
Colorado$73,094$35.141,594
Connecticut$79,312$38.13609
Delaware$79,083$38.02328
District of Columbia$78,631$37.80562
Florida$66,622$32.032,386
Georgia$72,078$34.651,719
Hawaii$74,661$35.89127
Idaho$79,109$38.03339
Illinois$76,408$36.732,295
Indiana$69,572$33.451,226
Iowa$72,464$34.84515
Kansas$72,717$34.96639
Kentucky$72,628$34.92575
Louisiana$68,324$32.85431
Maine$70,135$33.72204
Maryland$82,431$39.632,008
Massachusetts$87,225$41.942,806
Michigan$70,359$33.831,218
Minnesota$77,453$37.241,371
Mississippi$75,453$36.28240
Missouri$76,353$36.711,055
Montana$72,102$34.66261
Nebraska$73,551$35.36377
Nevada$76,094$36.58344
New Hampshire$88,775$42.68367
New Jersey$86,507$41.591,907
New Mexico$72,477$34.84442
New York$79,880$38.402,875
North Carolina$84,051$40.412,013
North Dakota$72,863$35.03168
Ohio$69,579$33.451,572
Oklahoma$76,761$36.90367
Oregon$92,093$44.281,381
Pennsylvania$75,347$36.222,146
Rhode Island$75,446$36.27431
South Carolina$75,419$36.26532
South Dakota$76,687$36.87139
Tennessee$66,973$32.20802
Texas$70,546$33.924,389
Utah$78,189$37.591,147
Vermont$63,587$30.57215
Virginia$78,503$37.743,067
Washington$97,811$47.023,742
West Virginia$65,058$31.28224
Wisconsin$70,710$34.001,078
Wyoming$64,870$31.19127

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Highest Paying Cities For Software Tester

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CityAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
Seattle, WA$98,667$47.44
San Francisco, CA$96,902$46.59
Dover, NH$88,314$42.46
Jersey City, NJ$86,496$41.58
Raleigh, NC$84,706$40.72
Catonsville, MD$82,448$39.64

How much does a Software Tester make?

  • The average Software Tester makes $76,847 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a Software Tester is $36.95.
  • The average entry-level Software Tester salary is $60,000.
  • Highest paying states for Software Tester are Washington ($97,811), Oregon ($92,093), California ($97,811) and New Hampshire ($97,811).
  • Highest paying cities for Software Tester are Jersey City, NJ ($98,667), San Francisco, CA, Dover, NH, Jersey City, NJ and Raleigh, NC.
  • Software Testers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $60,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $97,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $87,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $67,000
  • Industries with the highest Software Tester salaries are Finance, Health Care and Technology.

Average Software Tester Salary Over Time

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    Software Tester Salary By Year

    YearAvg. SalaryHourly Rate% Change
    2022$76,800$36.95+3.3%
    2021$74,300$35.73+2.3%
    2020$72,600$34.92+1.9%
    2019$71,200$34.24+2.3%
    2018$69,600$33.46+1.5%

    How Much Do Software Testers Make In Different Industries?

    Software Tester salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with Finance, Health Care, and Technology companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a Software Tester can make a yearly salary of $87,200 while working for Finance companies. All the while, other Software Testers are making $84,027 at Health Care companies and $81,355 at Technology companies. One industry Software Testers may want to avoid is the Professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $77,500.

    Highest Paying Industries For Software Testers

    RankIndustryAverage Software Tester SalarySoftware Tester Salary Range
    1Finance
    $87,200
    $67k
    $100k
    2Health Care
    $84,027
    $67k
    $100k
    3Technology
    $81,355
    $67k
    $100k
    4Manufacturing
    $79,352
    $67k
    $100k
    5Telecommunication
    $78,261
    $67k
    $100k
    6Professional
    $77,500
    $67k
    $100k

    High Paying Software Tester Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Software Tester Salary
    A functional tester's main responsibility is to validate the behavior of an application and analyzed the requirements of the clients. They are skilled in Java and database design for software development. The tasks they do are complex, including scanning IDs of the receiver and serial numbers on each unit, testing the units to make sure they work properly, and checking for any defects and damages. They are also trained in using numerical codes for passing or failing each unit and writing serial numbers on the production tracker.
    Quality Assurance Analyst

    Avg. salary: $77,111

    Quality Administrators are responsible for managing the quality processes of an organization. Their duties include creating data collection processes, conducting data cleansing, tracks quality milestones, and develop training programs for internal teams. They undertake daily audits, work with the quality coordinator to determine root cause, and assist with feedback and complaints. Quality administrators also write daily reports for purchase orders that are overdue, open service jobs, quotations needing to follow up, unconfirmed hires, and processed sales orders.
    Quality Assurance Engineer

    Avg. salary: $86,713

    A Quality Assurance Engineer's role is to oversee the overall production and ensure that the product is cost-efficient and aligns with the company's standards. The responsibility mainly revolves around conducting activities that examine and scrutinize the condition of a product or service to identify issues and come up with possible solutions to resolve the issue or attain stronger customer satisfaction. Furthermore, the Quality Assurance Engineer must also ensure that the product adheres to the government regulations and market guidelines.
    Quality Assurance Tester

    Avg. salary: $74,641

    A quality assurance tester, also known as QA tester, has different responsibilities depending on the line of work or industry involved. In a computer development setting, they are in charge of working and coordinating with technical engineers. They have to conduct regular tests for new software and programs, identify inconsistencies, and find areas for improvement. Furthermore, a quality assurance tester must produce reports from the tests, which can be the basis of progress for further developments.
    Software Engineer-Consultant

    Avg. salary: $112,626

    A software engineer consultant develops and recommends strategies to optimize a company's software engineering operations. Their responsibilities revolve around conducting extensive research and analysis to find new opportunities, performing software evaluations and risk assessments, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of existing processes, and developing solutions against problem areas. Through the findings of their research, a software engineer consultant draws conclusions and recommendations that will help the company to reach their short and long-term goals and resolve issues or concerns.
    ETL Tester

    Avg. salary: $76,751

    An ETL tester is responsible for validating data sources, extracting data applications of transformation logic, and uploading data in target tables. They are responsible for designing, testing, and troubleshooting the company's data storage system before it goes live. They must have strong technical capabilities and good knowledge of the coding languages commonly used in ETL development, such as Java, SQL, XML. Familiarity with data warehouse architecture techniques like ODS, DM, EDW, M, and ROLAP is also needed. Employers or clients often prefer ETL developers with extensive experience in solving complex technical problems and troubleshooting.
    Functional Tester

    Avg. salary: $78,040

    A functional tester's main responsibility is to validate the behavior of an application and analyzed the requirements of the clients. They are skilled in Java and database design for software development. The tasks they do are complex, including scanning IDs of the receiver and serial numbers on each unit, testing the units to make sure they work properly, and checking for any defects and damages. They are also trained in using numerical codes for passing or failing each unit and writing serial numbers on the production tracker.

    Average Salary By Related Field

    Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly SalaryHourly RateJob Openings
    Quality Assurance Analyst$77,112$6,426$37.07133,106
    Quality Assurance Engineer$86,713$7,226$41.69271,473
    Quality Assurance Tester$74,641$6,220$35.8998,109
    Software Engineer-Consultant$112,626$9,386$54.15369,919
    ETL Tester$76,752$6,396$36.9039,071
    Functional Tester$78,041$6,503$37.5250,725
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    Software Tester Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a Software Tester can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Software Tester Salary By Experience Level

    Experience LevelAvg. SalaryHourly Rate
    Entry Level$36,200$17.41
    Mid Level$70,200$33.76
    Senior Level$123,000$58.98

    Which Companies Pay Software Testers The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a Software Tester, being employed by a company such as Yahoo or Nordstrom would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Barclays Capital and Medline Industries, also report highly competitive salaries for Software Testers.

    Highest Paying Companies For Software Testers

    RankCompanyZippia ScoreAverage Software Tester SalaryAverage Salary
    1$120,292
    2$118,377
    3$104,902
    4$101,573
    5$97,890
    6$97,331

    And if you're looking for a job, here are the five top employers hiring now:

    1. Microsoft Jobs (58)
    2. Citigroup Jobs (23)
    3. JPMorgan Chase & Co. Jobs (19)
    4. Verizon Communications Jobs (31)
    5. AT&T Jobs (36)

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    Recently Added Software Tester Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    Randstad UsSoftware TesterIrvine, CA01/22/2022$52,175
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    Randstad UsSoftware TesterSanta Clara, CA12/22/2021$73,045
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    Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.Software TesterMcLean, VA12/21/2021$60,000
    General DynamicsSoftware Tester-Remote RoleFarmingdale, NJ12/19/2021$57,600
    3S Business CorporationUI Automation-Software TestingOverland Park, KS12/18/2021$125,220
    NES AssociatesSoftware Tester-Remote RoleIone, OR12/18/2021$57,600

    Average Software Tester Salary by Demographic

    Software Tester Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $79,752
    female-income
    Female Income
    $76,766
    GenderIncome
    Male$79,752
    Female$76,766
    Median Software Tester Income by Race
    Asian Software Testers have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or African American Software Testers have the lowest average salary at $76,076.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino

    Software Tester Income by Race

    EthnicitySalary
    White$78,147
    Black or African American$76,076
    Asian$82,138
    Hispanic or Latino$76,617
    Average Software Tester Salary by Education Level
    Software Testers with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $86,863 annually. With a Masters degree, Software Testers earn a median annual income of $86,075 compared to $79,752 for Software Testers with an Bachelors degree.
    $90,000
    $72,000
    $54,000
    $36,000
    $18,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Doctorate Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree

    Software Tester Salary by Education Level

    EducationSalary
    High School Diploma or Less$70,838
    Master's Degree$86,075
    Bachelor's Degree$79,752
    Doctorate Degree$86,863
    Some College/ Associate Degree$72,590