Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

For Quality Assurance Engineers, yearly average wages total $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. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Quality Assurance Engineers. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Most Quality Assurance Engineers survey respondents are men (73 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$47,206 - $89,266
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,874
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90%

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$14.91 - $44.33
(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 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$47,206 - $89,266  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,172  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,578  
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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$45,178 - $92,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,939
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $44.33  
   
Overtime
$21.28 - $47.87  
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 - $8,172  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,578  
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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$45,178 - $92,150  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 353
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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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As Quality Assurance Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Quality Engineering Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Quality Engineering Managers earn $102K on average per year. As Quality Assurance Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Quality Managers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $73K per year. Another common career choice for Quality Assurance Engineers is to move into a Quality Control Engineer role. Typically, Quality Control Engineers get paid $60K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Quality Assurance Engineers flock to Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Amazon.com Inc, The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Quality Assurance Engineers flock to Apple Computer, Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $99K lead the pack in compensation. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Amazon.com Inc, Bechtel Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, top-paying firms where Quality Assurance Engineers rake in a comfortable $98K, $95K, or $90K, respectively.

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company at $61K, and Lockheed Martin Corp where $62K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Quality Assurance Engineers there earn up to $90K.

Popular Skills for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Survey takers working as Quality Assurance Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Java, Risk Management / Risk Control, Linux, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Selenium Automated Test Tool. 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.


For Quality Assurance Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $71K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $74K. 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 $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,301

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

Quality Assurance Engineers will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 27 percent. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+21 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and San Diego (+14 percent). Salt Lake City ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 16 percent below the national average. Atlanta and Austin are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 6 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

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Project Management
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SQL
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Linux
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Six Sigma Green Belt
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National Average
$65,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Quality Improvement / QA
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Internal Audit
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Microsoft SQL Server
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 410 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
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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