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

A Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) earns an average salary of $63,037 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are UNIX, Linux, Test Automation, and C. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Salary (?
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$40,067 - $90,872
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MEDIAN: $63,036
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Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Salary (?
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$13.53 - $44.08
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,067 - $90,872  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,876  
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $8,036  
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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$37,900 - $93,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,723
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$13.53 - $44.08  
   
Overtime
$14.51 - $51.19  
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.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,876  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,515  
Profit Sharing
$480.47 - $8,036  
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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$37,900 - $93,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 601
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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.

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

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$63,000

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

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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
26%
female alumni
 
Male
74%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 15%