When it comes time to get paid for your testing efforts, the last thing we want is for a technicality to delay or prevent us from paying you. This section lists the different methods we utilize to pay our testers and the details of setting up and receiving payments successfully. Not all payment types are available in every country, so be sure to read through this section to ensure that you choose correctly to avoid any delays in getting paid.
How do I set up and select my payment methods?
In order to receive payments, you need to select and set up one of two payment options: PayPal or Payoneer. Do this by:
- Log into http://www.utest.com
- Click the dropdown menu beside your name in the left navigation and select Payments
- Click on Setup next to Payment Method.
Important: Be sure to verify that you are able to withdraw money from your PayPal account to your bank account, as PAYPAL IS NOT FULLY SUPPORTED IN ALL COUNTRIES. You have a choice between using PayPal or Payoneer for your uTest payment method. Please note that Payoneer payments will be issued only if you have accrued more than $2 USD during a pay period. If you have earned less than $2 with uTest, your payment will remain pending until you have accrued $2.
To select PayPal as your payment method, select the PayPal option and then enter your PayPal email address. Once you have entered your email address, click Save to set this method as your default payment method.
To select Payoneer as your payment method, select the Payoneer option and then follow the prompt, “Click here to create an account or link an existing one” to create or link an account on the Payoneer website. Be sure to return to your uTest Payments widget to click the Save button. If you have any trouble setting up your Payoneer account or connecting it to your uTest account, please contact Payoneer’s customer care. For more information about special Payoneer benefits available for uTest members, click here.
How am I taxed on my uTest earnings?
uTest does not withdraw taxes from your earnings. If you live in the United States and your earnings exceed $500, you are required to fill out a W-9 form before receiving further payments from uTest. However, due to 2011 IRS tax law changes, uTest will no longer send out 1099 forms to our testers. Please check with PayPal and Payoneer directly on their policies for 1099 form distributions, and consult a tax adviser on how to report your uTest earnings. And finally, no matter where you live, you are responsible for reporting any earnings as required by your local laws and paying taxes accordingly. Please consult a tax adviser for proper income reporting instructions prior to filing your taxes.
Am I able to see my earnings in my local currency?
Yes, to see your earnings displayed in your local currency:
- Log into http://www.utest.com
- Click the dropdown menu beside your name in the left navigation and select Advanced Settings
- Click on the checkbox next to “Show payout amounts converted from USD to my local currency”
- Click Save.
Two important things to note about this feature: First, testers will still be paid in US dollars. This conversion will just show how much was earned in the local currency. Second, conversions of earnings will be at today’s rate rather than historical, so converting past payments will be a bit skewed depending on the currency’s historical valuation.
Curious as to when payments are sent out, how much you get paid for your testing efforts, what activities you can be paid for, and more? This section deals with those types of details beyond the payment methods and boring tax issues.
What do I receive payments for?
Approved bugs: Payout per approved bug is determined by an assessment of customer value. More information can be found below in the “Tiered Bug Approval” section.
Approved test cases: Some test cycles have test cases that testers need to complete (pass/fail/comment).
Bonuses: Some test cycles offer a bonus payout per completed test cases and/or approved reports. Bonuses are paid out shortly after your reports or test cases have been approved.
Usability surveys: Usability testing typically comes in the form of a usability survey in which testers provide feedback on the user interface of the application. Testers will be paid for the completion of these usability surveys.
Other reports: In addition to bugs, usability surveys, and test cases completed, here is a sample list of other reports that you may receive payments for: test case creation (manual), automated test script creation, security reports, localization reports, load script writing, etc.
In addition to submitting reports, you may also be invited to Bug Fix Verification test cycles. In these instances, you will see a test cycle with the words “Bug Fix Verification” noted in the test cycle name. When you click on this test cycle, you are presented with bugs that the customer has requested to be verified against a fix (and match your testing environment).
At this time, all bug fix verifications are treated as test cases and paid out at $1.75. Additionally, only select testers are invited to these Bug Fix Verification test cycles, including testers who originally submitted the “fixed” bugs.
Tiered Bug Approval: Additional Payouts for high-value bugs
In addition to the Base Bug Report Payout Rate which will vary by test cycle, you may receive an additional payout based on the customer’s assessment of your report. Approved reports fall into three categories: Exceptionally Valuable, Very Valuable, and Somewhat Valuable. Approved reports with the Somewhat Valuable categorization will simply be paid out at the Base Payout Rate mentioned on the test cycle.
Sample Payout Table (varies from test cycle to test cycle)
The above payment structure is just an example of what you may see in a test cycle. Rates will vary from cycle to cycle and we will always try to balance compensation with the amount of work involved in a test cycle. Gold, Silver, and Bronze testers are also paid at a higher rate for all approved reports.
Regarding bug status changes and their effect on payouts: If a bug was approved with $X and subsequently the bug was changed to a different approval status (changing the payout $), testers may see the new payout reflected in the platform but they will still be paid out the original amount.
Special note for uTesters who participated prior to the tiered bug payout structure: With the new tiered bug approval and payout structure, uTest will likely be paying out more per test cycle. However, the distribution of earnings will favor those who dig deeper and report more valuable bugs. Always check the payout information of a test cycle before accepting because rates will vary.
How much do I get paid for my testing efforts?
Testers are paid for approved bugs, approved reports, surveys, test case creation, and completed test cases just to name a few. The payout per approved bug report is dependent upon the base payout rate, additional payouts based on the customer’s assessment, as well as your tester rating (testers with higher ratings will have a higher payout rate). As your tester rating changes on a daily basis, your bug reports will be paid at whatever rates were in effect when the bug was filed. Every project may differ in payout structure.
The payment details are noted in each test cycle page in the overview. Additionally, certain projects may also provide bonuses for completed test cases and approved bugs. For projects with bonuses, they will be paid out shortly after your bugs (or test cases) are approved. For example, if the project guarantees $50 for completing a test case and your approved submission only yielded $10, you will be paid out a $40 bonus shortly after your test case is approved (in addition to the $10 payment of the approved test case). Lastly, there may be times in which the standard payout per bug is altered – either increased or decreased (in less than 1% of all test cycles). In these instances, we will lock the test cycle and re-activate it again so that all testers will be notified of project changes. Your bug payout will depend on when you submitted the bug, whether it is before or after the payout increase/decrease. Additionally, we may add more testers depending on participation levels at that time. Therefore, be mindful of the payouts before participating in a test cycle, especially after it has been locked and reactivated. Please read through the Overview carefully before participating in all projects.
How do I view my payment history?
Click on the dropdown menu beside your name in the left navigation of http://www.utest.com, then click the Payments link. You will be able to view a summary of your historical earnings. You may also view all approved bugs and test cases per payment cycle (including previous payments). Once you click on a payment date, the table below will populate with all of the associated payments.
When do I receive my payments?
Payments are generated on the 15th and the last day of every calendar month. During these payment generation dates, funds in your Pending Payment field (as of 1300 GMT on that day) are transferred to your default payment method, so please be sure to set up your payment method before being able to receive funds. From this time, please allow up to 24 hours before receiving funds into your payment account. Important Note: If the 15th or last day of the month falls on a weekend or US business holiday, your pending payment will be noted in the platform under the payment table but paid out on the following Monday. However, your payment will still reflect what you earned up to the 15th or the last day of the month, not through the following Monday.
Again, please allow up to 24 hours for the funds to be displayed in your PayPal or Payoneer account. If you set up your payment method, submit your W-9 form, or earn funds between payment cycles, you will receive funds during the next payment cycle (see above for when testers are paid).
Note: If you are in the United States and have not submitted your W-9 form to us, you will not receive payments once you have earned over $500. Once you submit your W-9 form, all pending payments will be released in the subsequent payment cycle.
What is the difference between Total Paid, Total Earnings, and Pending Payment? To sum it up in a formula: Total Earnings = Total Paid + Pending Payment
Why does my Total Earnings not equal the sum of Total Paid and Pending Payment? When you initially enter the Payment section, the Total Paid is based on a date filter of one year. If you had payments prior to one year ago, you will need to adjust the date filter to display these payments. Additionally, there may be minor differences due to “rounding” of payments: while a payment may be displayed and paid out at $100.50, our database stores the actual figure as $100.495 (just an example). If you accumulate all of these rounded numbers, there may be a slight difference in total paid versus total earnings.