Quality Assurance Engineers usually earn approximately $66K annually in the United States, but Apple Computer, Inc offers a significantly higher median of $100K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Amazon.com Inc at $98K, Bechtel Corporation at $95K, and The Boeing Company, where Quality Assurance Engineers annually earn $83K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,752 - $90,720
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MEDIAN: $65,898
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$16.35 - $46.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,752 - $90,720  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $9,235  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,213  
Total Pay (?
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$47,349 - $93,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,207
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.35 - $46.54  
   
Overtime
$23.38 - $50.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$103.04 - $9,235  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,213  
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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$47,349 - $93,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 259

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Quality Assurance Engineers sometimes become Quality Assurance Directors, where the average income is $109K per year. The most common promotion for Quality Assurance Engineers is Quality Manager, a position that typically pays $73K annually. Another standard transition for Quality Assurance Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Quality Control Engineer role, where pay is often $60K.

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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, Selenium Automated Test Tool, Linux, and Six Sigma Green Belt are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $62K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $73K. Quality Assurance Engineers bring in $76K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $81K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,656

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For Quality Assurance Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+25 percent), San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+13 percent), and San Diego (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 5 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Portland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (4 percent less and 2 percent less, respectively).

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer?

Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer in San Diego:
"Quality In Everything."
Pros: - Working in quality allows you to be a part of the entire product life cycle from design input through commercialization and post-market surveillance (complaints) back to design improvements.
Cons: - Quality is something you learn on the job. It isn't really something you can go to school for.

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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Key Stats for Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 262 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 262 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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