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

Average Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States make around $65K per year. Earnings generally vary between $40K and $97K per year. In the world of Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, overall income ranges from $40K near the bottom to $97K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $9K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$41,384 - $93,339
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$41K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $65,211
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$14.88 - $46.31
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$15
$27
$46
MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$41,384 - $93,339  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,960  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $8,893  
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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$40,018 - $96,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,364
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$14.88 - $46.31  
   
Overtime
$14.25 - $55.56  
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 - $7,960  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,515  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $8,893  
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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$40,018 - $96,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 496
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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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There are some Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Software Quality Assurance Managers, where earnings are an average $102K annually. Quality Assurance Engineers or Test Automation Engineers are common next-step roles for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers moving up in their careers; annual pay for Quality Assurance Engineers is $17K higher on average, and it's $21K higher for Test Automation Engineers.

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


Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Symantec Corporation, Thomson Reuters, and Cisco Systems Inc. For Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at Cisco Systems Inc; in fact, median earnings sit around $114K, the highest in the area. Apple Computer, Inc, Symantec Corporation, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers earning around $105K, $84K, or $80K at each firm, respectively.

Other low-paying employers include Thomson Reuters at $63K and Microsoft Corp at $67K, though some Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers there earn up to $108K.

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


Survey takers working as Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Python, UNIX, C, and Linux are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SQL Server. 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.


For Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $60K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $73K. On average, Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers make $81K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $85K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose, Sunnyvale, and San Diego — each tucked away in California — boast salaries above the national rate for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, making this state top of the list for those looking to make even more money in this profession. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Portland, 8 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 3 percent less in Chicago and 2 percent less in Atlanta, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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
$66,000


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 491 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
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: 13%
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