Computer games tester | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Computer games testers play computer games to check they work, and find and record problems or ‘bugs’.

  • Balance and adjust gameplay experiences to ensure the critical and commercial success of the product.  
  • Provide feedback to designers and other colleagues regarding game design features.  
  • Create core game features including storylines, role-play mechanics, and character biographies for a new video game or game franchise.  
  • Devise missions, challenges, or
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Computer games testers typically work around 37 to 39 hours per week.

As a Computer games tester you will typically work evenings / weekends / bank holidays.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    33,891 GBP *
    per year
    15,000 GBP
    40,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Computer games tester
    • 34,127 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Computer games tester
    Average salary for full-time Computer games tester

    • 10,499 GBP
    • 10,499 GBP
    • 33,891 GBP
    • 34,127 GBP
    Salary over time for Computer games tester

    Salary for this role has increased over time
    • 27,189 GBP
    • 29,299 GBP
    • 30,944 GBP
    • 31,733 GBP
    • 32,151 GBP
    • 34,558 GBP
    • 33,891 GBP
    • 32,706 GBP
    • 34,602 GBP

    Future outlook for Computer games testers

    Very good outlook
    16 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    3% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Balanced outlook
    46% chance of automation in the future

    Computer games tester - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Computer games tester and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 57% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 19% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
    • 10% of people in this role have a certificate of higher education or equivalent but no degree

    You could take a college course, which may help you to get a job as a junior tester. Courses include:

    • A level in Computing
    • Level 3 Diploma in Creative Media
    • T level in Digital Production, Design and Development

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Computer games tester

    Software & Web Development

    Things to highlight for your Computer games tester interview

    Innovation Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Cooperation Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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