What does a Principal 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 Principal 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 Principal 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
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

Principal QA Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹19,77,609 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹20L
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Principal QA Engineer Career Path

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SQA Engineer
5 Dec 2020

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

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

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

Charles Hudson Technology SolutionsCharles Hudson Technology Solutions
Senior Quality Assurance Engineer
26 May 2023

“You have kind and empathetic people to work with 8. Rewards great and consistent performers.”

ALDAIM Solutions
Software Quality Assurance Engineer
8 Dec 2021

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

Genius Business SolutionsGenius Business Solutions
Senior QA Automation Engineer
13 Sept 2022

“GBSI is the best company to work with considering the work culture and growth in career.”

Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
Junior QA Engineer
2 Mar 2021

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

Senior QA Engineer
3 May 2022

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

Quality Assurance Engineer
18 Nov 2022

“There is no career path defined for anyone and I haven’t seen anyone in the org grow internally.”

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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.

Yes, QA engineers can make good money. The average pay for QA engineers in the United States is ₹19,77,609 per year, with opportunities to advance to lead QA engineer positions with higher pay. Entry-level positions average ₹11,65,729 to ₹31,94,492 annually.

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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