Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States take home an average $65K per year. 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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Assurance Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,506 - $89,095
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,780
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$14.84 - $43.83
(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
$46,506 - $89,095  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,134  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $9,619  
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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$44,576 - $91,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,635
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.84 - $43.83  
   
Overtime
$21.43 - $48.20  
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 - $8,134  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $9,619  
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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$44,576 - $91,987  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 311
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Test Automation Engineer, where median compensation is $87K annually. 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 $72K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Quality Assurance Engineers is a Quality Control Engineer position, where earnings are usually $59K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Amazon.com Inc, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and The Boeing Company are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Quality Assurance Engineers. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Apple Computer, Inc offers the most; Quality Assurance Engineers earn $101K on average there. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Northrop Grumman Corporation, Amazon.com Inc, and Bechtel Corporation, where Quality Assurance Engineers typically earn around $100K, $98K, or $95K, respectively.

For Quality Assurance Engineers, below-average salaries can be found at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company; in fact, average earnings are around $62K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($51K versus $91K) is great. Workers at Lockheed Martin Corp, Parker Hannifin Corp, and Raytheon Co. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $63K, $67K, and $70K respectively.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Quality Assurance Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Matlab, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel. Those educated in Quality Assurance / Quality Control tend to be well versed in 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. On average, Quality Assurance Engineers make $74K following one to two decades on the job. Quality Assurance Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $76K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Quality Assurance Engineers that is 26 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 (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 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. Employers in Atlanta and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 8 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


Linux
up arrow 6%

Java
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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 431 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: 9%
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