A Test Engineer earns an average salary of $66,182 per year. A skill in Software Test is associated with high pay for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field.
Test Engineer Total Pay (?
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$48,683 - $91,464
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MEDIAN: $66,182
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Test Engineer Total Pay (?
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$14.93 - $40.64
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$48,683 - $91,464  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,341  
Profit Sharing
$486.59 - $9,156  
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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$45,343 - $93,378  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,128
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $40.64  
   
Overtime
$20.83 - $46.16  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,341  
   
Profit Sharing
$486.59 - $9,156  
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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$45,343 - $93,378  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 17 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,128
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Test engineers are involved in creating and designing processes or experiments to test the quality of a product to be manufactured. Test engineers mainly deal with the inner workings of computer hardware and software; however, many test engineers work with a variety of different fields and test a wide range of equipment and products, from medical equipment such as X-ray machines to commercial transportation vehicles like airplanes. Some independence is expected of test engineers, so they must be able to work both on their own as well as with others as a team. These engineers work hand in hand with the hardware and software engineers to try to achieve a near flawless product. In these group settings, the engineers are involved in reviewing the many steps in designing a product. Test engineers are responsible for reviewing the initial schematics, the electrical wiring and finally the debugging towards the end. Despite working with others, most of the time the test engineers are left to themselves to decide whether the final product is of desirable quality. Test engineers have the last say in determining quality in many situations. To be a test engineer, one must have at least a bachelor’s in computer science, or something similar to that field such as electrical engineering. A master’s or PhD in these fields would be ideal for certain test engineer positions. They need to be familiar in various programming languages, such as Java or C++, as they will be involved in debugging various aspects of software. Additionally, prospective test engineers should be creative, have good problem solving skills, and work well under stressful situations.
Test Engineer Tasks
  • Provide test result information to other teams to improve product quality.
  • Create tests to inform debugging, root cause analysis, and improvement recommendations.
  • Understand complex systems to create test plans and cases.
  • Automate tests and interpret results.
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Pay by Experience Level for Test Engineer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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National Average
$66,000
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Experience Affects Test Engineer Salaries

National Average
$66,000

Skills That Affect Test Engineer Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Data Analysis
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Microsoft Office
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Engineering Design
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$66,000
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Gender
Female
11%
female alumni
 
Male
89%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%
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