A software tester is an important cog in the wheel of the IT industry specifically in the software segment (designing and fabrication). As the terminology implies, a software testerâ€™s focal responsibility is to ensure the viability and versatility of a software (irrespective of the type) before it is approved for commercial production.
The software tester also assumes the roles of QA analyst, Testing Analysis, Software Analyst, Software Engineer, and QA Engineer depending upon the stage or level at which any specific software is used. So, software testers are also actively engaged in debugging, identifying the various malwares or viruses that might affect a computer or computer systems or networks. In fact, a software tester is involved with any troubleshooting task that you can envisage of as far as softwares are concerned.
Job Profile of a Software Tester
A software tester is a consummate professional who has the knowhow to detect anomalies in softwares that might not be noticeable to the layman. One usually finds software testing professionals working in a large organization or establishment in the IT sector where softwares are indispensable either as an employee or as a self-established service provider. In order to identify and fix problems related to softwares, software testers need to be well-versed in the various computer or software programming languages.
Salary structure for different job positions or roles as a software tester
The remuneration of a software tester obviously differs from country to country and there might also be a wide variance in pay-scales across different firms and organizations. In the USA the median annual salary ranges from $ 46,000-$75,000 whereas in India the gross yearly income is in the range of INR 247,400-INR 449,120. Apart from his salary, a software tester is also eligible to receive gratuity, health insurance, incentives, and bonuses, and many other amenities.
Salary Structure According to Working Experience
The following table gives a computation of salaries at different levels of job positions as a software tester according to years of professional experience.
|Job Description||Years of Experience||Average Annual Salary ( INR )|
|Software Test Engineer||4||4.3-4.5|
|Software Test Engineer||4||6.5|
|Automation Software Tester||2||2.64-2.88|
|Project Manager Testing||10||41559|
|Sr. Software Test Engineer||5||38845|
|Sr. Test Analyst||6||38572|
Median Salary by Region of Posting
Depending on the region or place, where a software tester might be employed or posted, there is going to be a wide variance in the average salaries for different job positions. Invariably the cost of living is the most important determinant that employers take into account when computing salaries for the various work positions. Obviously the salaries and remunerations are higher in Class-A cities and metro towns. The following table gives a listing of salaries regionwise.
|Cities||Annual Average Salaries|
|Bangalore Karnataka||INR 244168 – INR 682621|
|Pune Maharashtra||INR 232853 – INR 2446785|
|Chennai Tamil Nadu||INR 217449 – INR 595976|
Annual Average Salaries of Automobile Engineers Based on Degree or Certification
Both the academic background and the professional certification influence the average pay packets of these engineers in a major way:
|Location||Average Salary ( INR )|
|Chennai Tamil Nadu||6|
|Hyderabad Andhra Pradesh||41527|
|Coimbatore Tamil Nadu||41370|
|Delhi (Gurgaon NCR region)||41495|
|Kolkata (West Bengal)||41400|
Median Salary According to Educational Qualifications
It goes without saying that, the more academically qualified a software tester is the higher is his take home pay. The table below lists salaries according to oneâ€™s academic qualifications. The salaries listed below are tentative as median salaries for different job positions (requiring the same educational qualifications) might vary from company to company and from place to place.
|Academic qualification||Median Salaries ( INR )|
|Bachelor of Engineering (electronics)||41369|
|Bachelor of Science||41400|
|Bachelors in Computer Applications||38509|
|Bachelor of Technology||38572|
|Masters of Computer Applications||41527|
|Masters in Technology||41559|
|Masters in Science (software)||41621|