$68,438
Avg. Salary
$25.56
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,118

Bonus

$2,528

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) is $25.56 per hour.

The average pay for a Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) is $68,438 per year.

$14.89
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$48.81
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MEDIAN $25.56
$45k
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50%
$100k
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MEDIAN $68,438
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$0$102K
Salary $45,032 - $100,011
Bonus $306 - $10,089
Profit Sharing $199 - $14,681
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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$41,119 - $102,992
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 29 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,190
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $14.89 - $48.81
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $19.97 - $58.18
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $306 - $10,089
Profit Sharing $199 - $14,681
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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$41,119 - $102,992
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 29 Nov 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 875

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

  • Automate test cases.
  • Verify fixes.
  • Validate and document completion of testing and development.
  • Find bugs, defects, and regressions.
  • Design, implement, execute and debug information technology test cases and scripts.

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


Symantec Corporation, International Business Machines (IBM) Corp., Apple Computer, Inc, Epic, and Amazon.com Inc are among the top companies that take on many Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers flock to Amazon.com Inc for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $119K lead the pack in compensation. Soaring salaries can also be found at Apple Computer, Inc, Cisco Systems Inc, and NetApp, where earnings of $111K, $104K, or $95K are standard for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Microsoft Corp ($52K), L-3 Communications ($55K), and Evisions, Inc ($56K).

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


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Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers who advance into the role of a Software Quality Assurance Manager are fairly uncommon. Software Quality Assurance Managers on average earn $103K per year. Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Quality Assurance Engineers or Test Automation Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $16K higher and $21K higher, respectively.

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

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


Survey results imply that Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Python, C, Linux, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word, Microsoft SQL Server, and C#. Those proficient in Test Automation are, more often than not, also skilled in SQL and Java.

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

Pay by Experience for a Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) has a positive trend. An entry-level Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 1,637 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A 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 $75,000 based on 751 salaries. An experienced 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 $83,000 based on 389 salaries. A 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 $92,000 based on 84 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $67,771

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

Sunnyvale, San Jose, and San Francisco — 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, 10 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Atlanta (7 percent lower) and Chicago (3 percent lower).

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

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

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Seattle:
"Good company and work. Less than average pay."
Pros: Job security. Flexible. Team.
Cons: Pay. Dress code.

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Redwood City:
"Good."
Pros: A lot to learn.
Cons: Low benefits.

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 Pontotoc:
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, perks, the management.
Cons: Not given new opportunities, challenges, or a chance to move up.

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Las Vegas:
"Extended Intensive Learning."
In this position I learned that you can become comfortable quickly. Within a year I had slowed down the rate at which I learned new things. I wish I had known that there was so much more to learn and that I would need to actively branch out to other departments and ask questions, rather than treat the other departments like enemies due to stressful deadlines.

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.

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Jacksonville:
"Do what you love."
Get the sqa engineer certification.

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

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 776 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

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

▲35%

▲22%

▲11%

National Average
$68,000

▼11%

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

▲12%

C
▲9%


▲7%



▲3%

C++
▲3%


National Average
$68,000


SQL
▼2%


C#
▼5%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 776 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
no benefits
None: 14%