$68,612
Avg. Salary
$25.25
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,457

Bonus

$2,330

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) is $25.25 per hour.

The average pay for a Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) is $68,612 per year.

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MEDIAN $68,612
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$0$103K
Salary $45,309 - $100,417
Bonus $486 - $10,094
Profit Sharing $196 - $12,471
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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$41,162 - $103,137
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 4,357
Hourly Data $0$57
Hourly Rate $14.81 - $46.73
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $19.85 - $57.20
Annual Data $0$103K
Bonus $486 - $10,094
Profit Sharing $196 - $12,471
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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$41,162 - $103,137
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 902

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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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.

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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: $67,817

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).

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

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 829 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
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 829 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 15%