Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Quality Assurance Engineers, those in the same line of work who choose to work for Apple Computer, Inc enjoy much larger paychecks — $100K on average versus $66K per year. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Bechtel Corporation, Amazon.com Inc, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., where Quality Assurance Engineers typically earn around $95K, $90K, or $84K, respectively. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,770 - $90,948
$49K
$66K
$91K
MEDIAN: $65,780
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50%
90%

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$17.07 - $48.27
$17
$26
$48
MEDIAN: $26.33
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,770 - $90,948  
   
Bonus
$100.22 - $9,037  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,757  
Total Pay (?
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$47,755 - $94,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.07 - $48.27  
   
Overtime
$23.40 - $51.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.22 - $9,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,757  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$47,755 - $94,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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Job Description for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

A quality assurance engineer creates tests to find any problems with software before the product is launched. They identify and analyze any bugs found during testing and document them. They also must to pay very close attention to detail and coach their team on managing testing tools, reporting results, and motivating process improvement. A normal work day for a quality assurance engineer includes developing new tests to run, running the tests, and documenting the results; if any defects are noted the quality assurance engineers will need to collaborate with the software developers to find a fix and patch the program. Once the defect has been patched, they will need to run the test again to make sure there are no new bugs and to make sure the defect found has been corrected.

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Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Tasks

  • Participate in customer and regulatory agency audits.
  • Prepare monthly QA status reports.
  • Train internal personnel in QA program requirements.

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


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Quality Assurance Engineers do not often transition into Quality Assurance Director roles. The role averages $110K per year. More often than not, a Quality Manager role is the next step for Quality Assurance Engineers moving up in the field. Quality Managers usually make $73K per year. Many other Quality Assurance Engineers choose to take on a Quality Control Engineer role, where salaries are typically $60K.

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Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Selenium Automated Test Tool, Linux, and Six Sigma Green Belt are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 1,450 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 695 salaries. An experienced Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 470 salaries. A Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $83,000 based on 193 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,622

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Quality Assurance Engineers, 26 percent higher than the national average. Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+24 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), New York (+15 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 5 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin and Denver (2 percent lower).

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer?

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer in San Diego:
"Quality In Everything."
Pros: - Working in quality allows you to be a part of the entire product life cycle from design input through commercialization and post-market surveillance (complaints) back to design improvements.
Cons: - Quality is something you learn on the job. It isn't really something you can go to school for.

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer in Portland:
"Fast paced in an innovative workplace."
Pros: Great culture and is a pleasure working with hard working like minded people.
Cons: Can be a lot of information to learn.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 254 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries

▲25%

▲15%

▲10%

National Average
$67,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries

▲8%


▲4%


SQL
▲3%



Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼0%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▼0%

National Average
$67,000







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
no benefits
None: 9%