Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Salary

The average Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $67K per year. In the world of Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $15K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $40K and $100K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Making up 72 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$43,760 - $96,680
$44K
$67K
$97K
MEDIAN: $66,719
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$14.88 - $50.05
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$28
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MEDIAN: $27.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$43,760 - $96,680  
   
Bonus
$97.73 - $9,927  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $14,594  
Total Pay (?
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$40,402 - $100,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,057
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $50.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$19.08 - $60.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$97.73 - $9,927  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $14,594  
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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$40,402 - $100,320  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 423

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Job Description for Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)

Some Test/Quality Assurance (QA) Engineers work with computer science-related applications. A lot of what they do involves making sure that software does what it's supposed to do. On a day-to-day basis, they create test plans and test cases to determine whether certain parts of the program function as written. When problems arise, they are responsible for finding and debugging rough spots in the code. QA Software Engineers also review user interfaces to ensure functionality and uniform design. They're present for every step of the software development process, interpreting and reporting testing results to their superiors and the rest of the software team.

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Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Tasks

  • Automate test cases.
  • Verify fixes.
  • Validate and document completion of testing and development.
  • Find bugs, defects, and regressions.
  • Design, implement, execute and debug information technology test cases and scripts.

Common Career Paths for Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)


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While not commonly seen, Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers who transition into a Software Quality Assurance Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Software Quality Assurance Managers is $103K per year. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Quality Assurance Engineers or Test Automation Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $17K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)


Symantec Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Apple Computer, Inc, Epic, and Evisions, Inc are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers. Amazon.com Inc offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $114K. Apple Computer, Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, and NetApp also offer top salaries for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $111K, $104K, and $95K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Microsoft Corp ($52K), L-3 Communications ($55K), and Evisions, Inc ($56K).

Popular Skills for Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)


Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Linux, Python, C, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Word and Microsoft SQL Server. Those proficient in Test Automation are, more often than not, also skilled in SQL and Java.

Pay by Experience Level for Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $60K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. For Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $83K. Software Test 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 $90K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,628

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

California is a land of opportunity for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers. The state is home to the top three paying cities in the field, with Sunnyvale, San Jose, and San Francisco all offering salaries above the national rate. Portland is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (6 percent lower) and Denver (4 percent lower).

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Reviews

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

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Denver:
"Perks, The Management, Job Training."
Pros: I like the medical benefits at my job the most. I also appreciate all of the on-the-job training I get and I enjoy the people that I work with.
Cons: I really don't like the lack of consistency at my job when it comes to overtime.

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Tampa:
"Challenging Career."
Pros: I work with technology and find it fascinating to be able to work with various systems and creating products.
Cons: Being at a small company, training for necessary aspects of the job were not structured, but that hands on "figure it out on your own" mentality sort of set in and has actually been beneficial.

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Durham:
"QA testing in a financial services company."
Pros: I like the project management growth and the ability to learn new technologies within my job role.
Cons: I do not like writing test cases and having limited onboarding/training.

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Key Stats for Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software)

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 311 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Salaries

▲35%

▲25%

▲13%

National Average
$67,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Salaries

▲13%

▲13%

C
▲11%




▲5%

C++
▲5%



C# Programming Language
▼0%

National Average
$67,000

SQL
▼1%

C#
▼3%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 311 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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