Software Quality Engineer Salary

A Software Quality Engineer earns an average salary of $73,747 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.

$53,721 - $113,349
$54K
$74K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,747
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$19.88 - $59.25
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MEDIAN: $37.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,721 - $113,349  
   
Bonus
$225.00 - $9,673  
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
Total Pay (?
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$53,406 - $115,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.88 - $59.25  
   
Overtime
$67.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$225.00 - $9,673  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,965  
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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$53,406 - $115,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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

  • Develop, run, and evaluate test plans and scripts to evaluate software performance.
  • Troubleshoot problems and evaluate potential solutions, guiding the development teams.
  • Write requirements and specifications for tests, including anticipated problems.
  • Document findings, analyses, and summary recommendations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Software Quality Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Software Quality Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Quality Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 120 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Quality Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 60 salaries. An experienced Software Quality Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 30 salaries. A Software Quality Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,187

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Software Quality Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Quality Engineer?

Software Quality Engineer in Los Angeles:
"What its like."
Pros: The work is pretty good. Lot of smart and technically well versed folks. Constant efforts to keep up with industry trends which is good. Good perks like some hundreds of dollars reimbursement for joining a fitness program.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Software Quality Engineer

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲40%

▲16%

▲7%

National Average
$76,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Software Quality Engineer Salaries

Software Test
▲17%

C++
▲15%

▲9%

▲7%

C++ Programming Language
▲5%


National Average
$76,000


HTML
▼2%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
▼4%

SQL
▼6%

▼6%

C# Programming Language
▼10%

C#
▼11%

.NET
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 6%