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

Pay for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $40K and $96K per year. Final cash compensation to Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers varies from around $40K to approximately $96K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $9K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though the particular city and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. 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. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$41,032 - $92,905
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$41K
$65K
$93K
MEDIAN: $64,883
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$14.73 - $44.83
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$26
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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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
$41,032 - $92,905  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,008  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $8,500  
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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$39,547 - $96,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,417
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
$14.73 - $44.83  
   
Overtime
$14.00 - $55.79  
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 - $8,008  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $1,515  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $8,500  
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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$39,547 - $96,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 515

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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. 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 $22K higher for Test Automation Engineers.

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


Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Symantec Corporation, Thomson Reuters, and Cisco Systems Inc are all popular places to work. Cisco Systems Inc offers the largest salaries in town ($112K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $68K to $121K. Other big spenders include Apple Computer, Inc, Symantec Corporation, and International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., top-paying firms where Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers see paychecks nearing $103K, $82K, or $80K.

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 results imply that Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in UNIX, Linux, Test Automation, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include HTML, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Word. Most people who know 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 many Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $59K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $73K. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $80K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, busy San Jose offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dallas (+10 percent), New York (+10 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and San Diego (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Portland, which sits 7 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent less).

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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 570 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
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%