Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salary

Average Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in the United States make around $77K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts approaches anywhere from $60K on the lower end to $103K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Men working as Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Job satisfaction for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,391 - $97,300

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$30.20 - $59.39

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,391 - $97,300  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,314  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,383  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$59,530 - $103,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 471
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$30.20 - $59.39  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $67.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,314  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,383  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$59,530 - $103,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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Job Description for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)

Senior quality assurance (QA) analysts for computer software are in charge of analyzing software programs to ensure high quality and eliminate programming issues. They are responsible for overseeing the correct functioning of software code and ensuring company requirements are met before product shipping. Senior QA analysts troubleshoot code using complex industry programs to detect low-quality and resource-intensive code. They work closely with different teams in their organization, plan and complete performance tests using automated means, lead testing procedures, and create detailed reports. They also help train support staff, participate in mentoring tasks, document product defects, and participate in requirement reviews as needed. They also design test approaches. Senior QA analysts work directly with software developers and project management to form cohesive goals, but they also need to be able to work by themselves with minimal supervision. They report their progress to the software quality supervisor in their department.

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Common Career Paths for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)


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For Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Software Quality Assurance Lead.

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Popular Skills for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)


Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Test Automation, Team Leadership, and Web Software Quality Assurance (QA) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Automation Scripting, Agile, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those educated in Software Test tend to be well versed in Quality Assurance / Quality Control.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $79K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $86K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $83K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Tampa and Chicago (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salaries



National Average
$80,000



Skills That Affect Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salaries

Java
up arrow 12%


Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
up arrow 1%

System Testing
0%

SQL
0%

National Average
$80,000

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Regression Testing
up arrow 1%

Software Test
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Black Box Testing
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Agile
up arrow 6%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 12%
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