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

Median pay for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $68K annually. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers generally range from $41K to $101K depending on individual performance. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. Work is enjoyable for Software Test Quality Assurance Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,537 - $99,285
$45K
$68K
$99K
MEDIAN: $68,425
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$14.81 - $49.05
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$49
MEDIAN: $25.60
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$0$102K
Salary $44,537 - $99,285
Bonus $99.50 - $10,094
Profit Sharing $86.42 - $7,284
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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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$40,658 - $102,256
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,359
Hourly Data $0$60
Hourly Rate $14.81 - $49.05
Hourly Tips $6.53
Overtime $19.92 - $60.00
Annual Data $0$102K
Bonus $99.50 - $10,094
Profit Sharing $86.42 - $7,284
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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$40,658 - $102,256
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 468

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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

  • 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.

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 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).

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: $67,911

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 Kolkata:
"Improving a software upto clients expectation, means a lot."
Pros: Work flexibility, corporate culture.
Cons: Perks, pay scale, stress level, environment.

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Hyderabad:
"Test Engineer."
Pros: Giving the quality product to customers.
Cons: About salary pay compared to others.

Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) in Denver:
"Perks, The Management, Job Training."
Pros: I like the medical benefits at my job the most. I also appreciate all of the on-the-job training I get and I enjoy the people that I work with.
Cons: I really don't like the lack of consistency at my job when it comes to overtime.

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.

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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 398 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%
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Experience Affects Test / Quality Assurance (QA) Engineer (Computer Software) Salaries

▲35%

▲22%

▲10%

National Average
$68,000

▼11%

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

▲12%

C
▲8%

▲7%




▲3%

C++
▲3%


National Average
$68,000


SQL
▼2%


C#
▼5%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 398 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 14%
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