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

The nationwide average salary for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers is $65K per year, but those working at Cisco Systems Inc can pull down an average $114K. Also paying near the top of the field are Apple Computer, Inc at $103K, Symantec Corporation at $82K, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., where Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers annually earn $80K. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$41,023 - $93,014
(Median)
$41K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,011
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$14.86 - $45.47
(Median)
$15
$27
$45
MEDIAN: $26.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,023 - $93,014  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,957  
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $8,726  
Commission
$0.00 - $1,515  
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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$39,716 - $96,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.86 - $45.47  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $56.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,957  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,515  
Profit Sharing
$398.66 - $8,726  
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).
)
$39,716 - $96,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 505

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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

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

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


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Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers sometimes assume positions such as Software Quality Assurance Managers. That role pays $102K per year on average. It is quite typical for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers to transition into roles as Quality Assurance Engineers or Test Automation Engineers, where reported median earnings are $17K and $22K higher per year.

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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, Oracle, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include HTML, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Test Automation also know 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.


Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $59K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $73K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers make a median salary of $81K. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $86K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+11 percent), San Diego (+9 percent), New York (+9 percent), and San Francisco (+7 percent). With compensation 6 percent below the national average, Portland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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

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

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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Experience Affects Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Salaries




National Average
$65,000


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

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 542 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%
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