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 annually. Bechtel Corporation, Amazon.com Inc, and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. also offer top salaries for Quality Assurance Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $95K, $90K, and $84K, respectively. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,346 - $91,987
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MEDIAN: $66,478
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$17.43 - $48.66
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$0$95K
Salary $49,346 - $91,987
Bonus $0.00 - $9,122
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,891
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$48,348 - $95,532
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,194
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $17.43 - $48.66
Overtime $23.86 - $53.92
Annual Data $0$95K
Bonus $0.00 - $9,122
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $7,891
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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$48,348 - $95,532
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 252

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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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While not commonly seen, Quality Assurance Engineers who transition into a Quality Assurance Director position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Quality Assurance Directors is $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


Quality Assurance Engineers seem to wield many 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Excel, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Quality Assurance / Quality Control are similarly competent in 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: $67,133

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Quality Assurance Engineers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+23 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), New York (+14 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Austin and Denver earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (3 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

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 Ventura:
Pros: Learn a lot throughout audits and experience.
Cons: Audits are always very stressful.

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer in Austin:
"QA Engineer."
Pros: Good environment, great perks, good pay.
Cons: High stress, variable hours, quick turnaround.

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.

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer in Vista:
"Found Opportunity In Software Quality Assurance."
Pros: Company gives back to the community, great manager, good training, internship programs, diverse co-workers, flexible hours, seeing immediate results of own work, healthcare, dental, 401k, and office events.
Cons: Moderate to high stress, meetings to plan for meetings to plan for meetings, poor to average product planning from executives.

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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 307 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries

▲24%

▲14%

▲9%

National Average
$67,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries

▲7%



▲3%

SQL
▲2%



National Average
$67,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
▼1%

Risk Management / Risk Control
▼1%







Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 307 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
no benefits
None: 9%
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