Utah Market for Testers - qa-at-the-point/base Wiki

This "living doc" is meant to share resources and metrics about the Utah Market for Testers!


Because the market changes every few months, these salaries will also change, but hopefully, this provides resources and insights about what to expect! Also note that these are base salaries and don't include bonuses, stocks, etc.

💡 Be aware that salaries are tied to titles and companies, so a QA Engineer might make less than a Quality Engineer even if the roles and responsibilities are the same, and Company A might pay more than Company B for the same role.

Software Tester

Similar titles: QA Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer I, QA Tester

  • Salary.com
    • Average: $50,000
    • Average Range: $40,000 - $65,000
  • Glassdoor.com
    • Average: $67,000
    • Average Range (without extras) $50,000 - $65,000


  • An entry-level Software Tester can expect to make around $50,000
  • As you get to 1-2 years of experience, you can expect to make around $65,000

QA Engineer II

  • Salary.com
    • Average: $75,000
    • Average Range: $68,000 - $88,000


  • With 2-4 years of experience, you get a nice jump into the $80,000 range

QA Engineer III

Similar titles: Senior QA Engineer, *Senior Quality Engineer

  • Salary.com
    • Average: $90,000
    • Average Range: $77,000 - $107,000


  • With 4-6 years of experience, you get much closer to $100,000
  • With programming and automation experience, you can quickly go past $100,000+

💡 It's worth mentioning that Senior Quality Engineer has a much higher average of $115,000, but this role has more automation focused responsibilities

QA Manager

  • Salary.com
    • Average: $110,000
    • Average Range: $90,000 - $130,000


  • Follows the common idea in tech that leadership gives you a large jump in salary
  • Managing people, work, and strategy is a great move for some testers
  • Experience with automation projects and mentoring gets you closer to the $130,000 - $140,000 range

Software Engineer in Test (SET)

Similar titles: Automation Engineer, Test Automation Engineer, Software Development Engineer in Test (SDET)


  • These titles more closely follow the ladder used for Software Engineers
  • Entry-level positions could have you starting around $80,000
  • $90,000 is most common for testers with UI Automation experience (maybe some API)
  • Having experience with CI, pipelines, multiple testing techniques, and tools, etc., can easily get you past $100,000+
  • Senior SDETs average $120,000 and up the ladder you go!

Director of Quality

Similar titles: Head of Quality, QA Director

  • Salary.com
    • Average: $130,000
    • Avareage Range: $120,000 - $160,000


  • Managing people, work, and strategy across many teams or the entire org commands a higher salary
  • Experience with data, reporting, and automation boost this towards the higher end