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

The average Senior Software Quality Assurance Analyst in the United States earns approximately $78K annually. Total cash compensation for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts runs from $59K to $103K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. 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 53 percent. Most Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$58,594 - $97,216
(Median)
$59K
$78K
$97K
MEDIAN: $77,625
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$25.79 - $60.22
(Median)
$26
$46
$60
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,594 - $97,216  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,698  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $5,068  
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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$59,076 - $103,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 562
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$25.79 - $60.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $66.38  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,698  
   
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $5,068  
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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$59,076 - $103,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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 SQL are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Automation Scripting, Agile, and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Software Test are also skilled 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $69K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $80K. On average, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts make $85K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,326

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 20 percent above the national average. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+10 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Seattle (+8 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Tampa is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Pittsburgh (7 percent lower) and Chicago (2 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 11%

Test Automation
up arrow 4%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

SQL
up arrow 1%

System Testing
0%

Regression Testing
0%

National Average
$80,000

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Software Test
up arrow 2%

Black Box Testing
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Agile
up arrow 6%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
42%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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