QA specialist salary in the US, UK, and Australia
BuiltIn estimates that a QA engineer makes, on average, $98,305 annually. That is just the base pay and does not include any benefits, which can add another $20,000 to one engineer’s salary per year. Salaries can get even higher in the many American tech giants, including Apple, Microsoft, and Google, who invest a lot of money into nurturing and retaining talent.
It’s clear why QA & testing services in the USA are considered one of the most expensive in the world, along with the UK and Australia. Specifically, SalaryExplorer claims that the average salary of a QA engineer in the UK is around $78,000 annually, while a QA engineer in Australia makes around $103,602 as base pay, according to Indeed.
Let’s see how the experience factor influences the cost of QA & testing services in the US, UK, and Australia:
- Entry-level QA managers (0-5 years of experience) earn 8% less than the national average tester salary in the USA
- Mid-career QA professionals (5-10 years) earn 9% more
- Experienced QA experts (10-20 years) earn 14% more
- Late-career (more than 20 years) QA specialist salary is 24% higher
It is estimated that 44% of QA engineers have from 1 to 4 years of experience in testing, while 24% have 5-9 years. This means companies have to be ready to pay a higher price to those 24% of proficient engineers.
Being promoted to Quality Assurance Director usually follows up with a salary increase. Glassdoor claims the average Quality Assurance Director makes $160k+ a year. The base pay for this position starts at $115,248, and it’s possible for the QA Director to make up to $270,000 annually.
QA specialist salary in Western Europe
Forbes claims the main Western European tech hubs are Germany, France, and Netherlands. These locations provide many benefits; among other things, clear laws and regulations, along with a strong work ethic of the specialists.
According to Glassdoor, a German QA engineer makes about $65,984 annually. On top of that, the salary situation in the country looks like this:
- Entry-level QA engineers (0-5 years of experience) earn 6% less than the national average salary
- Mid-career QA experts (5-10 years) earn 10% less
- Experienced testers (10-20 years) earn 30% more
About 50% of quality assurance engineers have 1-4 years of experience in testing, while 39% have 5-9 years of experience.
Even though it may seem like Germany’s main IT power has to be congregated in Berlin, hence paid Berlin-based specialists are paid better, the stats prove completely contrary. Testing pros of Berlin earn 6% less than the national average number shows. In fact, Hamburg offers a QA specialist salary of 8% higher, while Munich tempts the experts with an 18% higher salary.
France provides lower rates for the services of QA engineers: the average annual pay for a QA specialist is $48,755, according to PayScale. Moreover, only 25% of QA testers have from 1 to 4 years of experience in testing, while 63% have from 5 to 9 years of experience. Almost a three times bigger number of experts with 5-9 years of working experience means fewer people in France opt for this profession nowadays.
The Netherlands is an up-and-coming destination for IT services and a place that attracts not only companies looking to cut costs, but also expats searching for a new place to live and develop their careers. PayScale estimates that a QA engineer in the Netherlands makes about $51,106 in base pay — that does not include benefits and other overheads. Total pay for a Junior QA can be well above $75,000 and can understandably increase with a higher seniority level.
First-rate software testing services in Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe is famous for such a rare and appreciated combo of high quality and reasonable price. Numerous companies outsource software testing there, successfully meeting their peculiar business needs. Here is what you’ll pay for outsourcing to Eastern Europe.
Ukraine is one of the leading destinations for IT outsourcing not just in Eastern Europe, but also globally. And it’s hardly surprising, considering that Ukrainian QA vendors effortlessly combine two coveted traits: talented and seasoned QA experts and more than affordable rates. Glassdoor estimates that a Ukrainian quality assurance engineer earns a little over $21,000 on average annually, and the salary can get lower when working with Trainee and Junior QAs.
Bordering on the Western part of Ukraine, Poland has become a large IT hub in Eastern Europe. Polish outsourcing vendors provide high-quality services at Eastern European rates, which makes Polish outsourcing companies in high demand among Western European and North American businesses. PayScale reports that a QA engineer in Poland can expect a base pay of $23,486.
Hungary offers work conditions, types and quality of services, and rates that are similar to Poland, which is why foreign companies often face the difficult choice between the two. Moreover, Hungary has become a new home for many European IT expats looking for a new location to work from and eventually joining the Hungarian workforce. Plane.com claims that a Hungary-based QA engineer will make about $26,597 per year.
QA tester rate in Asia
Asia is famous for having one of the cheapest IT services in the world. They conquer startups and SMBs with a tempting affordable QA testing cost. Unfortunately, the quality usually corresponds to the price of provided services, so it’s important to carefully choose a vendor if you decide to outsource QA to Asia.
Approximately 69% of QA testers in India have 1-4 years of experience, while 21% have 5-9 years of experience. An interesting fact is that 5% of QA engineers in India have less than 1 year of working experience. Quite a large number of people have from 1 to 4 years of working experience in testing, which means this profession is quite new to the country and is only starting to gain popularity.
From the outsourcing perspective, India surprises with two things: a low base pay for a QA engineer of $8,078 annually, according to Indeed, and a ridiculously big difference in salaries depending on how many years of testing experience people acquire:
- Entry-level (0-5 years of experience) QA tester rate is 10% lower than the national average tester salary
- Mid-career QA experts (5-10 years) earn 51% more
- Experienced QA professionals (10-20 years) earn 123% more
Here we can trace the unusual number of highly-experienced testing engineers. China’s contribution to technology is vast, so it’s not a surprise there are so many quality assurance engineers who stick to their calling for decades. Moreover, many of those engineers eventually become interested in venturing into the international QA market, making them the perfect candidates for outsourcing. According to Plane.com, a remote QA engineer in China makes an equivalent of $30,973. Additionally, Payscale claims that:
- 33% of QA engineers in China have 1-4 years of experience in testing
- 33% have 5-9 years of experience
- 20% have 10-19 years of experience
- 13% have less than a year of experience