Average Test Engineer Salary

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The average salary for a Test Engineer is $71,586.
MEDIAN $71,586
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$54k - $101k
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$302 - $14k
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$51k - $103k

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Job Description for Test Engineer

Test Engineer Tasks
  • Understand complex systems to create test plans and cases.
  • Automate tests and interpret results.
  • Provide test result information to other teams to improve product quality.
  • Create tests to inform debugging, root cause analysis, and improvement recommendations.
The top respondents for the job title Test Engineer are from the companies Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation and The Boeing Company. Reported salaries are highest at The Boeing Company where the average pay is $84,184. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Northrop Grumman Corporation and Viasat, Inc., earning around $84,048 and $82,531, respectively. BAE Systems Inc. pays the lowest at around $68,784. Lockheed Martin Corp and Raytheon Co. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $71,064 and $79,572, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Test Engineer

Skills in Test Engineering, System Testing, Test Planning and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Electronic Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Engineer

An entry-level Test Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $62,884 based on 422 salaries. An early career Test Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $68,164 based on 2,002 salaries. A mid-career Test Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,920 based on 861 salaries. An experienced Test Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,883 based on 606 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $94,186.
Employees with Test Engineer in their job title in San Jose, California earn an average of 24.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (9.7% more) and Austin, Texas (8.6% more).

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