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

The average Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer in the United States earns approximately $67K per year. Compensation ranges between $41K and $100K per year. In the world of Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $9K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $100K. The particular firm is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and years of experience are driving factors as well. Male Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$43,103 - $95,947
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$43K
$67K
$96K
MEDIAN: $66,712
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$15.14 - $49.15
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$15
$28
$49
MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$43,103 - $95,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,125  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $9,735  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$40,872 - $99,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,509
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.14 - $49.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$1.77 - $55.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,125  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $9,735  
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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$40,872 - $99,873  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 501
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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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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. Typical career progression for a Software Test Quality Assurance Engineer involves becoming a Quality Assurance Engineer, or a Test Automation Engineer, roles that pay $15K more and $20K more on average.

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


Dominating the field, Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Symantec Corporation, Thomson Reuters, and Apple Computer, Inc are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers. Cisco Systems Inc leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $114K. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at Apple Computer, Inc ($106K), International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. ($85K), and Symantec Corporation ($84K).

Microsoft Corp, Thomson Reuters, and Dell, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($67K, $68K, and $81K respectively).

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


Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Python, Linux, 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, Microsoft SQL Server, and HTML. Those educated in Test Automation tend to be well versed 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $61K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $75K. On average, Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers make $82K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $88K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,213

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

Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers earn a generous sum in the state of California: In particular, Sunnyvale, San Jose, and San Diego have higher pay rates than anywhere else in the country, each offering salaries above the national average. The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Denver and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 3 percent less than the median.

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




National Average
$67,000


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

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Java
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 448 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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