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Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Median pay for Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $64K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $8K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $44K and hits $92K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Most Quality Assurance Engineers survey respondents are men (74 percent). Job satisfaction for Quality Assurance Engineers is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$45,771 - $88,627
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MEDIAN: $64,367
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$14.83 - $44.24
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$45,771 - $88,627  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,902  
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $7,570  
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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$43,855 - $91,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $44.24  
   
Overtime
$21.05 - $51.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,902  
   
Profit Sharing
$450.00 - $7,570  
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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$43,855 - $91,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 275
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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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For Quality Assurance Engineers, career progression to a Test Automation Engineer role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. On average, a Test Automation Engineer, an upper-level role, can earn $86K annually. Quality Assurance Engineers typically move into roles as Quality Managers or Quality Assurance Engineers, and those positions pay $7K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Quality Assurance Engineers. Those at Northrop Grumman Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $102K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Bechtel Corporation at $95K, The Boeing Company at $77K, and L-3 Communications, where Quality Assurance Engineers annually earn $71K.

Offering a median of only $61K, Lockheed Martin Corp pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $48K on the lower end and $110K on the higher end. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Parker Hannifin Corp, and L-3 Communications are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($63K, $67K, and $71K respectively).

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 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 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft SQL Server, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel. For most people, competency in Quality Assurance / Quality Control indicates knowledge of 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $59K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $70K. Quality Assurance Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $72K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $76K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Quality Assurance Engineers, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 20 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+18 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and New York (+12 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Salt Lake City and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 8 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
up arrow 8%

Six Sigma Green Belt
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Internal Audit
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 2%

Quality Improvement / QA
0%

National Average
$65,000

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Microsoft SQL Server
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 440 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%