An average Quality Assurance Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $66K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $9K and $7K, respectively — total cash payment to Quality Assurance Engineers can bottom out near $47K or peak near $94K depending on individual performance. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Most Quality Assurance Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$48,547 - $90,465
(Median)
$49K
$66K
$90K
MEDIAN: $65,577
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$16.07 - $45.89
(Median)
$16
$25
$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary 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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,547 - $90,465  
   
Bonus
$100.27 - $9,170  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,795  
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).
)
$46,709 - $93,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,172
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.07 - $45.89  
   
Overtime
$23.21 - $49.46  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$100.27 - $9,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,795  
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).
)
$46,709 - $93,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 257
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Though some Quality Assurance Engineers move into positions like Quality Assurance Director (where the average salary is $109K), this progression is not the norm. A Quality Manager role is the most common promotion for Quality Assurance Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $73K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Quality Assurance Engineers is a Quality Control Engineer position, where earnings are usually $60K.

Quality Assurance (QA) / Test Automation Engineer Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Raytheon Co., and Northrop Grumman Corporation are among the top companies that take on many Quality Assurance Engineers. For Quality Assurance Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Amazon.com Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $98K, the highest in the area. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Bechtel Corporation, Apple Computer, Inc, and The Boeing Company, where Quality Assurance Engineers typically earn around $95K, $95K, or $83K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Fidelity Investments ($62K), Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company ($63K), and Lockheed Martin Corp ($65K).

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Survey results imply that Quality Assurance Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Java, Selenium Automated Test Tool, SQL, and Six Sigma Green Belt are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Data Analysis. The majority of those who know 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $61K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $72K. Quality Assurance Engineers see a median salary of $76K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $80K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,236

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+13 percent), and San Diego (+12 percent). Columbus is the lowest-paying area, 10 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh (5 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Reviews

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

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer in San Diego:
"Quality In Everything."
Pros: - Working in quality allows you to be a part of the entire product life cycle from design input through commercialization and post-market surveillance (complaints) back to design improvements.
Cons: - Quality is something you learn on the job. It isn't really something you can go to school for.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Employers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries

up arrow 10%


Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 4%

Linux
up arrow 4%

Quality Improvement / QA
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Risk Management / Risk Control
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$66,000

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Internal Audit
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 255 votes.

Gender

Female
31 %
Male
69 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 10%
ADVERTISEMENT