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Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Pay for Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K annually. Cash earnings for Quality Assurance Engineers — including $8K in bonuses and $9K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $44K to $91K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Quality Assurance Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. For the most part, Quality Assurance Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$46,137 - $88,581
(Median)
$46K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,661
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50%
90%

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$14.76 - $43.83
(Median)
$15
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,137 - $88,581  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,013  
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,102  
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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$44,073 - $91,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,510
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.76 - $43.83  
   
Overtime
$21.28 - $49.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,013  
   
Profit Sharing
$502 - $9,102  
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).
)
$44,073 - $91,461  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


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At the upper end, Quality Assurance Engineers who move into a Test Automation Engineer role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Test Automation Engineers is a much higher $87K per year. The most common career progression for Quality Assurance Engineers leads to becoming a Quality Manager, where average pay is $72K annually. However, many Quality Assurance Engineers also opt to become Quality Control Engineers. Typically, a Quality Control Engineer brings home $59K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Quality Assurance Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the most; Quality Assurance Engineers earn $102K on average there. Other big spenders include Bechtel Corporation, The Boeing Company, and L-3 Communications, top-paying firms where Quality Assurance Engineers see paychecks nearing $95K, $77K, or $76K.

Lockheed Martin Corp offers the least money; the median income there is just $62K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $48K and $107K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company ($63K), Parker Hannifin Corp ($67K), and L-3 Communications ($76K).

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Risk Management / Risk Control, Linux, Java, and Six Sigma Green Belt are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Quality Assurance Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $59K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $70K. Quality Assurance Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $73K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Engineers, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+19 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Minneapolis (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Salt Lake City, which sits 10 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Austin and Atlanta (8 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries


Linux
up arrow 8%

up arrow 6%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

Internal Audit
0%

National Average
$65,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 462 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 10%
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