Industry Wisdom

Your Skills should justify your Salary Package!

  • Lead: Why didn’t you retest or did a regression?
  • She: Didn’t get time. Anyways I am doing a lot w.r.t. my pay package.

Yeah! The statement was blunt. She was 1-2 Years experienced and earning well according to industry standards. This incident taught me that there are two kind of people.

  • One, who think they are doing a lot w.r.t. their pay package.
  • Others, who think they should do much more to achieve the next pay package.

Which one are you?

Your skills should always justify your salary package. Or else one day you will regret not upgrading – both in terms of your skills and its associated pay. Gear Up! Pick yourself up. And give it a try. Up-skill. Upgrade!

QA Tester Salary Package Trends

KARISHMA SHARMA | Account Manager

The point is at which stage of the process this question is asked by the LEAD? Is it asked when an issue is found after release? Then it is too late and the Lead should have checked what has been the test effort and which tasks were planned and executed. BUT if the question is asked while checking for release open tasks before releasing then it is test effort estimation problem?

Vaasu Jaiswal | Agile Consultant at Confidential

I would like to hear her side of the story as well. Anyhow pay packages these days are not defined by skills and experience, no matter how much good you are at something. HR will come up with something like…oh you see we have a band. Your last drawn was only x so we cannot offer you Y. And this is a bitter truth politics plays a very important role during appraisals.

Anand Iyer | Principal Consultant-Trainer

What is with all this package stuff?  I read hard through the replies to this post, if there was any comment that wondered too about this, and unfortunately saw none. 

Is there, or need there be a relationship between what you do and what you earn?  I don’t get it.  I had never consciously increased/reduced what or how I work, in relation to what I earn.  I don’t think I had been any different when I earned a 5K (in rupees, of course!) or several times that amount today.  Neither will most of us.

So, isn’t strange that such discussions come up among professionals!  In fact, I get saddened when I listen to this whole concept of measuring up (or down!) your learning to match your earning.

Shreejit Nair | Engineering productivity / Devops / SDET at IBM Watson Health Cloud

I think if you are skilled you will eventually earn what you deserve. At the same time I believe this is a 2 way street. I would definitely not want to work at a place that does not compensate me in accordance with what I bring to the table. It is not greed, it just has to be fair. The attitude rectification needs to come from both parties.

Anand Iyer | Principal Consultant-Trainer

Shreejit Nair, fair enough.  All I’m saying is it’s thoroughly unprofessional to scale up/down with money.  It’s not ethical to do that, to even think about that.  It’s not just about what you say…hope you get what I’m thinking.

Riaz Lalani | Application Owner at Nets Group

The quality of work shouldn’t be defined by the salary paid.  If one is unhappy with salary, should either discuss or move out. It’s not ethical if salary is the only component which impacts the quality of work. Over load, resource shortage and time constraint are acceptable reasons. And agreed skills would justify package sooner or later. If not with current organization, it might with other. People just don’t work for money always, continuous learning is better than continuous increase in money.

Mahantesh Chanapannavar | Manual & Automation Testing/Validation, Quality Control & Assurance, Test Lead

Irrespective of any pay-package/time/scenario, such reply from team member is not expected and it’s a blunder. This really shows a wrong attitude being a professional. If not happy with package, discuss with manager/HR/relative person, then take a decision of continuing in same team/organization or look for outside where they get required package.

Ambika Singh | Technical Writer at Dimentrix Technologies

I have always worked with folks who went over and above their capacity to ensure the quality of the release is not compromised. I think there is nothing above that.

Rahul Tiwari | SDET at XSEED Education

As per the market trend, I think doing multiple stuffs in various dimension will give you more package, rather than doing the same thing again and again. e.g. As an automation engineer, you should have hands on experience on Functional testing tool, Load Testing tool, DB testing knowledge, API testing, anyone of the version testing system like GIT, SVN, etc. If you want a proof, you can have a look at the JD now a days.

Santosh Kumar | ISTQB Certified Quality Assurance Tester

We should always need to learn more for the next pay package. Why she answered like this is a big question also?

Rahul Tiwari | SDET at XSEED Education

She might have seen others earning more and working less in the same team! Not sure. Also next package depends upon your past experience plus current!

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