Software quality assurance (QA) engineers employed in the UK typically earn between £18,101 and £38,828 a year including bonuses and profit sharing, with the median salary at £27,106 a year according to Payscale. The reported bonuses amount to up to £4,106 a year, and earnings from profit sharing are generally in the range from £986 to £4,055 a year.
Software QA engineers' salaries can vary significantly from city to city. Engineers employed in London typically earn between £18,196 to £41,417 a year including bonuses, with the median salary at £29,606 a year and bonuses in the amount of up to £4,829 a year. Professionals working in Belfast generally make between £17,989 and £32,037 a year, with the average salary around £24,521 a year and bonuses in the range from £972 to £1,730 a year. Engineers based in Edinburgh report salaries in the range from £8,109 to £36,365 a year, with the median salary at £24,416 a year.
Software quality assurance engineers employed in entry-level jobs typically earn between £17,458 and £36,343 a year including bonuses and earnings from profit sharing, with the median salary at £25,839 a year according to Payscale. The reported bonuses amount to up to £4,069 a year, and earnings from profit sharing are generally in the range from £1,965 to £3,888 a year.
Starting salaries vary from city to city. For example, software QA engineers employed in London report salaries in the range from £17,770 to £38,979 a year, with the average salary around £27,847 a year. Those working in Belfast make between £17,866 and £32,549 a year, with the median salary at £23,677 a year, while professionals employed in Cambridge have starting salaries in the range from £23,305 to £39,059 a year, with the average salary around £34,885 a year.
The yearly bonuses also vary depending on location. Software QA engineers working in London report getting up to £4,438 a year, those employed in Belfast get bonus payments in the range from £850 to £1,950 a year, and engineers based in Cambridge get annual bonuses in the amount of up to £3,598 a year.
The average hourly rate for UK-based software quality assurance professionals working eight hours a day, 250 days of the year is £24.67 according to MySalary.co.uk.
General salary information
The median salary for professionals working in software quality assurance is £49,333 a year according to MySalary.co.uk. The average salary has increased significantly since 2011, when these professionals earned £43,000 a year on average.
Software QA professionals' salaries can vary significantly depending on location. The best paid jobs are in London, where these professionals earn £53,773 a year on average, followed by the South East, where the average salary is £50,813 a year, and in the Midlands, where QA specialists make £45,880 a year. The lowest salaries are in the East of England, where software QA specialists make £40,947 a year, and in Yorkshire and the North East, where the median salary is £39,467 a year.
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