Software Quality Engineer Salary (United States)

A Software Quality Engineer earns an average salary of $76,770 per year. A skill in Software Test is associated with high pay for this job. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career.
Software Quality Engineer Total Pay (?
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$51,591 - $103,787
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MEDIAN: $76,769
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Software Quality Engineer Total Pay (?
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$19.56 - $52.38
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MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,591 - $103,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
Profit Sharing
$490.00 - $20,000  
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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$51,789 - $107,430  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.56 - $52.38  
   
Overtime
$-0.50 - $62.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,850  
   
Profit Sharing
$490.00 - $20,000  
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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$51,789 - $107,430  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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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
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Boston
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San Francisco
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National Average
$80,000
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Experience Affects Software Quality Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 11%
National Average
$80,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Software Quality Engineer Salaries

Software Test
up arrow 18%
C++
up arrow 8%
Test Automation
up arrow 3%
Java
up arrow 2%
Black Box Testing
up arrow 1%
National Average
$80,000
SQL
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C#
up arrow 5%
HTML
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Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 7%
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