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Software Test Engineer Average Salary in France 2021

How much money does a Software Test Engineer make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
41,000 EUR
( 3,420 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Software Test Engineer in France typically earns around 41,000 EUR per year. Salaries range from 20,500 EUR (lowest) to 63,600 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Software Test Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Software Test Engineer Salary Distribution in France

Median and salary distribution yearly France Software Test Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Software Test Engineer salaries in France range from 20,500 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 63,600 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 41,000 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Software Test Engineer(s) are earning less than 41,000 EUR while the other half are earning more than 41,000 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Software Test Engineer(s) are earning less than 27,700 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 27,700 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Software Test Engineer(s) are earning less than 52,300 EUR while 25% are earning more than 52,300 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Software Test Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly France Software Test Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Software Test Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Software Test Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 24,600 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 32,600 EUR per year, 32% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 43,500 EUR per year, 34% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Software Test Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 51,900 EUR per year, 19% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 56,000 EUR per year, 8% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 60,100 EUR per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Software Test Engineer average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
24,600 EUR
2 - 5 Years+32%
32,600 EUR
5 - 10 Years+34%
43,500 EUR
10 - 15 Years+19%
51,900 EUR
15 - 20 Years+8%
56,000 EUR
20+ Years+7%
60,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Software Test Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Software Test Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level yearly France Software Test Engineer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Software Test Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Software Test Engineer is 32,600 EUR per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 44,600 EUR per year, 37% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

A Master's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 57,500 EUR per year, 29% more than someone with a Bachelor's Degree.

Software Test Engineer average salary difference by education level in France

Certificate or Diploma
32,600 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+37%
44,600 EUR
Master's Degree+29%
57,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in France costs anywhere from 20,600 Euro(s) to 61,900 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Software Test Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly France Software Test Engineer
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Software Test Engineer employees in France earn 4% more than their female counterparts on average.

41,900 EUR
40,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Software Test Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

How much are annual salary increments in France for Software Test Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Software Test Engineer

Software Test Engineer(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

France / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2020. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Software Test Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France Software Test Engineer
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A Software Test Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Software Test Engineer Average Hourly Wage in France

20 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 20 EUR. This means that the average Software Test Engineer in France earns approximately 20 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Software Test Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Software Test Engineer and Information Technology yearly France
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The average salary for Software Test Engineer is 10% less than that of Developers and Programmers. Also, Developers and Programmers salaries are 9% less than those of Information Technology.

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ABAP Developer40,000 EUR-2%
Android Developer44,800 EUR+9%
Angular Developer39,800 EUR-3%
AS400 Programmer50,300 EUR+23%
Avaloq Developer43,300 EUR+6%
BizTalk Developer 48,600 EUR+19%
Build and Release Engineer41,900 EUR+2%
Business Intelligence Developer47,900 EUR+17%
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C# Developer52,200 EUR+27%
C++ Developer51,300 EUR+25%
CMS Developer40,300 EUR-2%
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Developer / Programmer46,400 EUR+13%
Flash Developer38,800 EUR-5%
Front End Developer40,000 EUR-2%
Full Stack Developer46,500 EUR+13%
Game Developer43,500 EUR+6%
GIS Developer43,500 EUR+6%
Graphical User Interface ( GUI ) Programmer42,400 EUR+3%
Graphics Programmer39,800 EUR-3%
Imaging Programmer41,400 EUR+1%
IOS Developer49,000 EUR+20%
Java Developer49,800 EUR+21%
Javascript Developer44,100 EUR+8%
Lead Developer53,500 EUR+30%
Mobile Developer45,800 EUR+12%
Multimedia Developer39,300 EUR-4%
Nodejs Developer50,700 EUR+24%
Oracle Developer48,800 EUR+19%
Perl Developer41,000 EUR-0%
PHP Developer41,800 EUR+2%
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Remedy Developer38,900 EUR-5%
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Salesforce Developer37,000 EUR-10%
SAS Programmer43,300 EUR+6%
Sharepoint Developer48,100 EUR+17%
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Software Test Engineer41,000 EUR-0%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux36,100 EUR
Lille37,000 EUR
Lyon43,000 EUR
Marseille44,100 EUR
Montpellier39,600 EUR
Nantes42,000 EUR
Nice39,000 EUR
Paris42,700 EUR
Strasbourg39,200 EUR
Toulouse42,000 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
48,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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