$70,932
Avg. Salary
$26.76
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$3,019

Bonus

$2,534

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Test Engineer is $26.76 per hour.

The average pay for a Test Engineer is $70,932 per year.

10%
$16.49
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$26.76
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$41.74
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MEDIAN $26.76
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$54k
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$100k
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MEDIAN $70,932
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MEDIAN: $70,932
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$0$101K
Salary $53,704 - $99,696
Bonus $195 - $9,769
Profit Sharing $303 - $12,199
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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$50,831 - $101,296
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,564
Hourly Data $0$58
Hourly Rate $16.49 - $41.74
Hourly Tips $0.00
Overtime $24.36 - $58.60
Annual Data $0$101K
Bonus $195 - $9,769
Profit Sharing $303 - $12,199
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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$50,831 - $101,296
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 553

Job Description for Test Engineer

Test engineers are involved in creating and designing processes or experiments to test the quality of a product to be manufactured. Test engineers mainly deal with the inner workings of computer hardware and software; however, many test engineers work with a variety of different fields and test a wide range of equipment and products, from medical equipment such as X-ray machines to commercial transportation vehicles like airplanes. Some independence is expected of test engineers, so they must be able to work both on their own as well as with others as a team. These engineers work hand in hand with the hardware and software engineers to try to achieve a near flawless product. In these group settings, the engineers are involved in reviewing the many steps in designing a product. Test engineers are responsible for reviewing the initial schematics, the electrical wiring and finally the debugging towards the end. Despite working with others, most of the time the test engineers are left to themselves to decide whether the final product is of desirable quality. Test engineers have the last say in determining quality in many situations. To be a test engineer, one must have at least a bachelor’s in computer science, or something similar to that field such as electrical engineering. A master’s or PhD in these fields would be ideal for certain test engineer positions. They need to be familiar in various programming languages, such as Java or C++, as they will be involved in debugging various aspects of software. Additionally, prospective test engineers should be creative, have good problem solving skills, and work well under stressful situations. (Copyright 2019 PayScale.com)

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.

Test Engineer Pay By Employer

$0$129K

$64,855

$82,455

$78,617

$71,779

Raytheon Co.
19 profiles
$74,195

$74,564

BAE Systems Inc.
15 profiles
$68,314

$75,000

$79,943

$81,688

Common Career Paths for Test Engineer


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Test Engineers who transition into a Test Engineering Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $104K per year. The most common career progression for Test Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Test Engineer, where average pay is $88K annually. However, many Test Engineers also opt to become Electrical Engineers. Typically, an Electrical Engineer brings home $69K.

Test Engineer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Test Engineer


Survey results imply that Test Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in C, Labview, Test Automation, and C++ are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Quality Assurance / Quality Control, and Technical Writing. Those proficient in Test Engineering are, more often than not, also skilled in System Testing, Electronic Troubleshooting, and Test Automation.

Pay by Experience Level for Test Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Test Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Test Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 1,264 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Test Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 569 salaries. An experienced Test Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $86,000 based on 375 salaries. A Test Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 149 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,026

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

Home to some of the best pay for Test Engineers, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Test Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+33 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and San Diego (+10 percent). Melbourne ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Workers in Chicago and Los Angeles earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (2 percent less and 1 percent less, respectively).

Test Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Test Engineer?

Test Engineer in Tulsa:
Pros: I really enjoy the atmosphere and all my friends in the area.
Cons: Small town, no professional sports team.

Test Engineer in Santa Barbara:
"Test Engineer for Small Aerospace Manufacturing Company."
Pros: Multi-faceted. Great people and work atmosphere. Perform testing on Space Flight Hardware with no supervision. Endless learning. Amazing experience for first job out of college. Room for growth.
Cons: Understaffed and overworked. A lot of overtime. A lot of travel.

Test Engineer in Seattle:
"Dream Job."
Pros: Implementing new ideas and seeing them developed and functioning.
Cons: Process constraints that hinder engineering design.

Test Engineer in Fort Collins:
"A little of everything."
Pros: Dont spend every day doing the same thing. Plenty of slow times where hours are flexible.
Cons: Very challenging work and usually under a very tight schedule.

Test Engineer in San Jose:
"Good."
Pros: The pay and the enviroment is very good.
Cons: Job security is bad, morale is bad.

Test Engineer in Lisle:
"Organize Tests, Manage work load, analyze results, write rep."
Pros: Dynamic work with new challenges every project. Manage projects. Great office.
Cons: Workload very heavy at times. Priority projects come through and make other projects late.

Test Engineer in Columbia:
"Learning."
Understand the programming and it will help a lot.

Related Job Salaries

Key Stats for Test Engineer

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 613 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Test Engineer Salaries

▲23%

▲21%

▲11%

National Average
$71,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Test Engineer Salaries

C
▲3%

▲2%


C++
▲1%

National Average
$71,000

System Testing
▼1%











Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 613 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 11%