Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

The average Quality Assurance Engineer in the United States earns approximately $65K annually. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Quality Assurance Engineers spread between $45K and $92K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. 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. Work is enjoyable for Quality Assurance Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,614 - $89,081

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$14.79 - $43.98

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$46,614 - $89,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,142  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,565  
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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$44,638 - $92,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,663
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $43.98  
   
Overtime
$21.37 - $47.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,142  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $9,565  
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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$44,638 - $92,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Test Automation Engineer. The latter position pays an average of $87K annually. The most common promotion for Quality Assurance Engineers is Quality Manager, a position that typically pays $72K annually. Another standard transition for Quality Assurance Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Control Engineer role, where pay is often $59K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Quality Assurance Engineers include Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Amazon.com Inc, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and The Boeing Company. Quality Assurance Engineers flock to Apple Computer, Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $101K lead the pack in compensation. Other leaders in compensation levels are Northrop Grumman Corporation at $100K, Amazon.com Inc at $98K, and Bechtel Corporation, where Quality Assurance Engineers annually earn $95K.

Offering only $62K on average, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company seems to pay the least. Moreover, the pay scale seems pretty narrow there; employees make $51K on the lower end and $91K on the higher end. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Lockheed Martin Corp at $63K, Parker Hannifin Corp at $67K, and Raytheon Co., where $70K is the norm.

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 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Matlab, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in 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.


Quality Assurance Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $59K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $70K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $73K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Quality Assurance Engineers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), and New York (+12 percent). With compensation 12 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Salt Lake City and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Reviews

What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer?

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.

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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries


Java
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 4%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

Internal Audit
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$65,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%




Matlab
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 427 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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