Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States take home an average $65K per year. Final cash compensation to Quality Assurance Engineers varies from around $44K to approximately $92K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $10K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by the particular city and tenure. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Assurance Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Quality Assurance Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,421 - $89,092
(Median)
$46K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,782
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90%

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$14.79 - $43.81
(Median)
$15
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,421 - $89,092  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,121  
Profit Sharing
$512 - $9,635  
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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$44,434 - $91,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,609
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $43.81  
   
Overtime
$21.33 - $49.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$512 - $9,635  
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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$44,434 - $91,962  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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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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Quality Assurance Engineers who go on to become Test Automation Engineers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Test Automation Engineers is $87K annually. With an annual salary of $72K, Quality Manager is the most common role for Quality Assurance Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Quality Control Engineer role — which usually pays $59K — is also typical for Quality Assurance Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Many Quality Assurance Engineers can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Amazon.com Inc, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and The Boeing Company, firms that are at the top of the field. Northrop Grumman Corporation leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $102K. Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Apple Computer, Inc (+$101K), Amazon.com Inc (+$98K), and Bechtel Corporation (+$95K).

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $62K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $51K and $91K. Lockheed Martin Corp, Parker Hannifin Corp, and Raytheon Co. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($63K, $67K, and $70K respectively).

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Quality Assurance Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis, Matlab, and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also tend to know 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $59K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $70K. Quality Assurance Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $73K. Quality Assurance Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $76K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Engineers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 26 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+17 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Salt Lake City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (10 percent lower) and Austin (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 6%

Java
up arrow 4%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 3%

Project Management
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Quality Improvement / QA
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$65,000

Internal Audit
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%




Matlab
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 437 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
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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