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Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States take home an average $65K annually. With some bonuses approaching $8K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $9K, overall incomes of Quality Assurance Engineers spread between $44K and $92K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by geography and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Quality Assurance Engineers survey respondents are men (74 percent). The majority of Quality Assurance Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$46,107 - $88,851
(Median)
$46K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,579
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$14.81 - $43.51
(Median)
$15
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$46,107 - $88,851  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,031  
Profit Sharing
$501 - $9,413  
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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$44,073 - $91,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,433
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.81 - $43.51  
   
Overtime
$21.31 - $49.03  
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 - $8,031  
   
Profit Sharing
$501 - $9,413  
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).
)
$44,073 - $91,613  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 305

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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


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Quality Assurance Engineers include Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Northrop Grumman Corporation offers the most; Quality Assurance Engineers earn $102K on average there. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Bechtel Corporation, The Boeing Company, and L-3 Communications, where Quality Assurance Engineers typically earn around $95K, $77K, or $71K, respectively.

For Quality Assurance Engineers, below-average salaries can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp; in fact, average earnings are around $62K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($48K versus $109K) is great. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Parker Hannifin Corp, and L-3 Communications also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $63K, $67K, and $71K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Quality Assurance Engineers report using 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 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft SQL Server, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel. Most people 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.


For Quality Assurance Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $59K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $70K. For Quality Assurance Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $73K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $75K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Quality Assurance Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and New York (+11 percent). Atlanta is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers in Salt Lake City and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 4%

Project Management
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SQL
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Quality Improvement / QA
0%

Internal Audit
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National Average
$65,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Microsoft Office
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Pro/Engineer
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 460 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
28%
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: 9%