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2021 Average Quality Assurance (QA) Salary

August 27, 2021

How to grow in QA? What salary can you expect? How to earn more money?

Usually every QA Tester starts from the position of Manual OA. It gives you an idea of the profession, work experience, and an understanding of QA in general. Also it gives the opportunity to decide where to move on.

In our Manual program, in just a month, you will know everything that a Manual Software QA Engineer should know as a mid-level specialist.

What salary can Manual QA Tester expect? Well, from $ 70,000 to $ 100,000 per year on average in the United States, that is, $ 35-50 per hour. In New York or the cities of Silicon Valley, the salary usually is higher from $ 90,000 to $ 100,000 per year. 

It doesn’t mean that you should look for a job in QA only in a city such as New York because after finishing the program you already will be a middle-level specialist with all the necessary knowledge about the profession and who can apply for the higher salary. You will search for a job already with real work experience on a paid internship. 

There are two ways in general in the Software QA Engineer career.

1. Automation Software QA Engineer

If you really want to work in IT and feel comfortable with computers and want to understand programming languages, then learn the basics of Python in our Automation courses. It is a complex study with a long training and a lot of homework, but the result is worth it.

Automation QA Testers have a bigger salary compared with a Manual specialists (although it can not completely replace it, read our article about this topic). For example an Automation testing specialist can expect a salary of $ 115,000 to $ 145,000 a year, it all depends on where you will get a job and how much you can do.

2. Lead / Manager

A positive person with good communication skills should try himself in a leadership position as a Lead Software QA Engineer or Software QA Manager.

An experienced manager has a good salary around $ 115,000 per year.

We will help you to become a specialist with a lot of knowledge and skills so you can apply for the jobs with a high salary.


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