$91,735
Avg. Salary
$48.01
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$7,464

Bonus

$4,680

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
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The average pay for a Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) is $48.01 per hour.

The average pay for a Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) is $91,735 per year.

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MEDIAN $91,735
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$0$131K
Salary $68,833 - $124,315
Bonus $1,921 - $14,918
Profit Sharing $996 - $19,574
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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$69,079 - $131,059
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,448
Hourly Data $0$82
Hourly Rate $28.65 - $65.01
Hourly Tips $0.25
Overtime $30.10 - $82.15
Annual Data $0$131K
Bonus $1,921 - $14,918
Profit Sharing $996 - $19,574
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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$69,079 - $131,059
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 214

Job Description for Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software)

A quality assurance engineer creates tests to find problems with software before a product is launched. They analyze any bugs found and document them. They also coach their team on managing testing tools, reporting results, and brainstorming process improvements. A normal work day for a quality assurance engineer includes developing new tests, running the tests, and documenting the results. If any defects are noted, the quality assurance engineers must collaborate with the software developers to find a fix and patch the program. Once the defect is patched, they run the test again to make sure there are no new bugs and that the defect has been corrected. This job requires a lot of mental work that most likely will occur indoors; they usually work a standard eight to 10 hour day during regular business hours.

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


Quality Assurance Engineers fill the offices of leading firms Symantec Corporation, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Cisco Systems Inc, and EMC Corporation. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Cisco Systems Inc offers the most; Quality Assurance Engineers earn $137K on average there. Apple Computer, Inc, Dell, Inc., and Symantec Corporation also offer top salaries for Quality Assurance Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $117K, $113K, and $112K, respectively.

Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC) also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $76K, $80K, and $93K.

Common Career Paths for Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software)


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As Quality Assurance Engineers make advancements in their career path to positions such as Software Quality Assurance Manager, their salaries may climb. Software Quality Assurance Managers make $103K annually on average. Quality Assurance Engineers most frequently advance into Software Quality Assurance Manager and Test Automation Engineer roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) Job Listings

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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Linux, C++, and Selenium Automated Test Tool are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, C#, and Test Planning. Most people skilled in Software Test are similarly competent in Test Automation and SQL.

Pay by Experience Level for Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software)

Pay by Experience for a Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) has a positive trend. An entry-level Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 250 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 768 salaries. An experienced Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 747 salaries. A Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 141 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $94,243

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

San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Quality Assurance Engineers, 33 percent above the national average. Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Santa Clara (+32 percent), Sunnyvale (+24 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Palo Alto (+18 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Chicago and Seattle are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software)?

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) in Shrewsbury:
"Managment confused."
Pros: need a revamp in managment organization
Cons: Managers do not communicate well with their people

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) in Lake Oswego:
"Thomson Reuters does not value their employees."
Pros: flexibility
Cons: employees are only commodities, not people.

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) in Austin:
"Austin is the place to be."
Pros: Austin has a thriving economy where there are many opportunities.
Cons: Traffic is bad if you have a commute.

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) in Evansville:
"Average."
Pros: Moving up and getting overtime
Cons: Bringing in new people and not promoting within enough.

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) in San Diego:
"You need to ask or demand for yourself."
People will just let you keep working if you are dissatisfied with your job. You need to keep poking and prodding to get what you want, and move along if they don't want to give it to you.

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) in Louisville:
"Get basic tester certification early."
Go through the ASTQB to find a good course to take in order to get your certification as early as possible.

Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software) in Washington:
1. Learn Technology - like programming and automated test tools. 2. Learn Methodology - like waterfall and agile. 3. Learn about the company/business/industry you work for/in.

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Key Stats for Sr. Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer, (Computer Software)

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 360 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
11%

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

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$94,000

▼5%

▼13%

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

▲16%

▲7%

C++
▲5%


▲3%




National Average
$94,000

SQL
▼2%





C#
▼6%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 360 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 75%
no benefits
None: 11%