What does a QA Engineer do?

A QA engineer is responsible for the creation of tests to identify issues with software before the product launch. Duties include identifying and analyzing any bugs and errors found during the test phase and documenting them for review after. Other tasks include developing and running new tests, reporting on the results and collaborating with software developers to fix program issues. Depending on the internal organizational structure, QA engineers may progress to a managerial or executive position.

A bachelor's degree in computer science is often required to become a QA engineer with an expected proficiency in computer programming languages such as Java, Python, SQL, C++ and XML. Strong working knowledge of Linux and Microsoft Windows is a must along with extensive experience in software development and testing. Due to the nature of the job, a QA engineer must be able to sit in front of a computer for long hours at a time.

What responsibilities are common for QA Engineer jobs?
  • Create tests to identify software problems
  • Analyze bugs and errors found during tests
  • Document results of tests for the software development team
  • Recommend improvements in software to enhance user experience
  • Motivate the development process for efficiency and performance
  • Works together with the software developer to enhance and improve programs
  • Research and compare similar competitor products
  • Maintain updated knowledge of industry trends and advancements
What are the typical qualifications for QA Engineer jobs?
  • Extensive experience in software development and testing
  • High proficiency in computer technology and programming languages
  • Strong knowledge of Linux and Microsoft Windows
  • In-depth understanding of Java, Python, SQL, C++ and XML
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Great team player and able to work efficiently with minimal supervision
  • Able to sit in front of a computer for long hours at a time
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.9 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a QA Engineer make?

Confident
$103,231 /yr
Total Pay
$80,730
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$22,501
 /yr

Additional Pay

$103,231

 / yr
$56K$262K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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QA Engineer Career Path

Learn how to become a QA Engineer, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
QA Engineer
$103,231/yr
L3
L4
Qa Engineer IV
$130,119/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
63%
5 - 7
19%
8+
6%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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QA Engineer Insights

Read what QA Engineer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
ConduentConduent
SQA Engineer
Dec 5, 2020

“Good place to start your career as we get a lot to learn and package is really good”

Aya HealthcareAya Healthcare
Software QA Engineer
Nov 15, 2021

“But one person is really dumb and inconsiderate and treat others like his personal slaves.”

Layer (Germany)Layer (Germany)
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
Mar 28, 2022

“Best part of working with layer is the cool and awesome people you get to work with.”

ONE BCGONE BCG
QA Engineer
Jun 2, 2020

“Nowadays I'm spending time on Performance testing and Agile transformation training which is so exciting.”

ALDAIM Solutions
Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Dec 8, 2021

“Good pay for your work and recognition if you and your work are worth it.”

Ericsson-WorldwideEricsson-Worldwide
QA Engineer
Dec 25, 2021

“I have had a great opportunity to really focus on improving my skills and using my expertise to help others.”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
Junior QA Engineer
Mar 2, 2021

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

1Rivet1Rivet
Senior QA Engineer
May 3, 2022

“Good payment for your work and recognises you if you and your work is worth of.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of QA engineers

A typical day of a QA engineer(https://www.glassdoor.com/Career/qa-engineer-career_KO0,11.htm)is at the computer creating and updating test cases. They conduct manual testing of hardware and software, analyze data, and monitor bug resolutions. QA engineers also plan test schedules, track successes, and review documentation.

A QA engineer is an excellent career. Some of the best things about being a QA engineer are that training can be done on the job, there are good career opportunities, and there is plenty of room for advancement. It is an excellent way to get into the IT field and QA engineers are in high demand.

There are not many difficult aspects to working as a QA engineer. You don't have to have a lot of prior knowledge to become a QA engineer, and you can study QA courses on the job. The work takes place in an office setting or at home, and there is rarely overtime.

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