Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary (United States)

A Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer earns an average salary of $64,207 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in Risk Management / Risk Control is associated with high pay for this job.
Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary (?
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$45,518 - $87,973
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MEDIAN: $64,206
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Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary (?
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$14.81 - $43.99
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$45,518 - $87,973  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,872  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $8,400  
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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$43,765 - $90,949  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,929
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $43.99  
   
Overtime
$21.09 - $52.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,872  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $8,400  
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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$43,765 - $90,949  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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.

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Pay Difference By Location

San Jose
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Seattle
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Minneapolis
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San Francisco
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New York
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$65,000
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Salt Lake City
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries

National Average
$65,000

Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries

Linux
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up arrow 5%
Project Management
up arrow 2%
Internal Audit
up arrow 2%
Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 2%
SQL
up arrow 1%
Quality Improvement / QA
0%
National Average
$65,000
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%
Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 6%

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Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%
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