Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salary

Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $65K annually on average. 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. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. For the most part, Quality Assurance Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Making up 73 percent of those who took the survey, male Quality Assurance Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$47,206 - $89,266
(Median)
$47K
$65K
$89K
MEDIAN: $64,874
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$14.91 - $44.33
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$15
$24
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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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Quality Assurance Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Quality Engineering Manager. The average Quality Engineering Manager brings home $102K per year. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Quality Assurance Engineers, Lockheed Martin Corp, L-3 Communications, Amazon.com Inc, The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation are leading firms in the industry. Apple Computer, Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $99K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Amazon.com Inc, Bechtel Corporation, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Quality Assurance Engineers typically earn around $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 results imply that Quality Assurance Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Selenium Automated Test Tool. 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 many Quality Assurance Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $60K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $71K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $74K in this role. Quality Assurance Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $77K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,301

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

Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, Quality Assurance Engineers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Salt Lake City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Atlanta and 6 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

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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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