Software Quality Engineer Salary (United States)

A Software Quality Engineer earns an average salary of $76,655 per year. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Software Test and C++. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career.
Software Quality Engineer Total Pay (?
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$51,053 - $103,874
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MEDIAN: $76,655
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Software Quality Engineer Total Pay (?
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$19.51 - $53.33
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,053 - $103,874  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,721  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,067  
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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$51,309 - $107,343  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 165
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.51 - $53.33  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $62.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,721  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $20,067  
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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$51,309 - $107,343  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 165
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Job Description for Software Quality Engineer
Software quality engineers are responsible for ensuring the functionality and usability of software products, and their work mainly includes software testing. These professionals work closely with software products by testing all of the software's functionality to verify the product works as intended. They may also be responsible for developing and documenting testing procedures. Generally, much of the software quality engineer's work is accomplished with desktop computers, but they may also work with other devices such as smartphones. The type of software tested varies greatly; some examples include consumer products such as games and internal business software such as payroll systems. Software quality engineers work closely with software developers, and provide feedback regarding any problems they find to the developers so that the problems can be corrected. They may also work with clients and end users to verify that the software works as desired.
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Software Quality Engineer Tasks
  • Write requirements and specifications for tests, including anticipated problems.
  • Document findings, analyses, and summary recommendations.
  • Develop, run, and evaluate test plans and scripts to evaluate software performance.
  • Troubleshoot problems and evaluate potential solutions, guiding the development teams.

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Pay Difference By Location
San Jose
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San Diego
up arrow 16%
Boston
up arrow 9%
San Francisco
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National Average
$80,000
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Experience Affects Software Quality Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%
Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$80,000

Skills That Affect Software Quality Engineer Salaries

Software Test
up arrow 18%
C++
up arrow 10%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 8%
C
up arrow 7%
C#
up arrow 7%
Test Automation
up arrow 4%
Java
up arrow 3%
Black Box Testing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$80,000
SQL
up arrow 1%
HTML
up arrow 6%
Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
27%
female alumni
 
Male
73%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 7%
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