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QA Engineer Salary

National Average
$39,500 $84,888 /year $127,500
$41 /hour
National Average
$3,292 $7,074 /month $10,625
$41 /hour
National Average
$760 $1,632 /week $2,452
$41 /hour
National Average
$18.99 $41 /hour $61.30
Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $118,000 $9,833 $2,269 $57
75th Percentile $98,500 $8,208 $1,894 $47
Average $84,888 $7,074 $1,632 $41
25th Percentile $68,000 $5,666 $1,307 $33
QA Engineer Salary Comparison by Location
United States
Ashburn, VA

How much does a QA Engineer make?

As of May 16, 2022, the average annual pay for a QA Engineer in the United States is $84,888 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $40.81 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,632/week or $7,074/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $127,500 and as low as $39,500, the majority of QA Engineer salaries currently range between $68,000 (25th percentile) to $98,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $118,000 annually across the United States. The average pay range for a QA Engineer varies greatly (by as much as $30,500), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the QA Engineer job market in both Ashburn, VA and the surrounding area is very active. A QA Engineer in your area makes on average $87,149 per year, or $2,261 (3%) more than the national average annual salary of $84,888. Virginia ranks number 5 out of 50 states nationwide for QA Engineer salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for QA Engineer jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as a QA Engineer on ZipRecruiter today.

What are Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for QA Engineer Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for a QA Engineer job is above the national average. Topping the list is San Mateo, CA, with Richmond, CA and Stamford, CT close behind in the second and third positions. Stamford, CT beats the national average by $14,460 (17.0%), and San Mateo, CA furthers that trend with another $24,237 (28.6%) above the $84,888 average.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as a QA Engineer appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 13% between San Mateo, CA and Paterson, NJ, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for a QA Engineer role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
San Mateo, CA$109,126$9,094$2,099$52.46
Richmond, CA$102,027$8,502$1,962$49.05
Stamford, CT$99,348$8,279$1,911$47.76
Bellevue, WA$99,110$8,259$1,906$47.65
Brooklyn, NY$97,855$8,155$1,882$47.05
New Haven, CT$96,987$8,082$1,865$46.63
San Francisco, CA$96,434$8,036$1,855$46.36
Lakes, AK$96,114$8,009$1,848$46.21
Brockton, MA$96,008$8,001$1,846$46.16
Paterson, NJ$95,205$7,934$1,831$45.77

What are Top 5 Best Paying Related QA Engineer Jobs in the U.S.

We found at least five jobs related to the QA Engineer job category that pay more per year than a typical QA Engineer salary. Top examples of these roles include: Staff QA Engineer, Staff Quality Assurance Engineer, and Senior QA Manager.

Importantly, all of these jobs are paid between $33,746 (39.8%) and $40,508 (47.7%) more than the average QA Engineer salary of $84,888. If you’re qualified, getting hired for one of these related QA Engineer jobs may help you make more money than that of the average QA Engineer position.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Staff Quality Assurance Engineer$125,396$10,450$2,411$60.29
Staff QA Engineer$125,396$10,450$2,411$60.29
Senior QA Manager$124,228$10,352$2,389$59.73
Lead Software QA Engineer$121,970$10,164$2,346$58.64
Design Assurance Engineer$118,634$9,886$2,281$57.04
About Our Data
ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.