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Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Earnings for Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States come in at around $65K per year on average. 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 $92K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Male Quality Assurance Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$46,203 - $88,959
(Median)
$46K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,621
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90%

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$14.75 - $43.87
(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
$46,203 - $88,959  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,063  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,017  
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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$44,223 - $91,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,560
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
$14.75 - $43.87  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $50.44  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,063  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,017  
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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$44,223 - $91,788  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Test Automation Engineer. The average Test Automation Engineer brings home $87K per year. 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


Quality Assurance Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Amazon.com Inc, The Boeing Company, and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the most; Quality Assurance Engineers earn $102K on average there. Also paying near the top of the field are Apple Computer, Inc at $101K, Amazon.com Inc at $98K, and Bechtel Corporation, where Quality Assurance Engineers annually earn $95K.

Lockheed Martin Corp reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $63K) but some workers make up to $107K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company ($63K), Parker Hannifin Corp ($67K), and L-3 Communications ($72K).

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 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 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Analysis, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Quality Assurance / Quality Control also 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.


For Quality Assurance Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. On average, Quality Assurance Engineers make $73K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $76K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Quality Assurance Engineers that is 23 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+19 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Houston (+12 percent), and New York (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Salt Lake City. Austin and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 8 percent less than the median.

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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 3%

Project Management
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SQL
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Quality Improvement / QA
0%

Internal Audit
0%

National Average
$65,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 459 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

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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