The average Senior Software Quality Assurance Analyst in the United States earns approximately $78K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts can bottom out near $58K or peak near $103K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts making up 59 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts is high. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,859 - $97,568
$58K
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MEDIAN: $78,365
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$22.70 - $59.73
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MEDIAN: $41.99
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,859 - $97,568  
   
Bonus
$394.53 - $10,156  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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$58,155 - $103,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 376
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Hourly Rate
$22.70 - $59.73  
   
Overtime
$41.00  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$394.53 - $10,156  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,932  
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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$58,155 - $103,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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

  • Uses knowledge of computers and electronics to create and execute clear, comprehensive tests which detect potential programming issues with software solutions.
  • Reports progress to the software quality supervisor.
  • Works with different teams to ensure that tests are carried out successfully.
  • Analyzes software test results and recommends a course of action if necessary to ensure that performance standards demanded by the organization are maintained.

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


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Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who go on to become Software Quality Assurance Leads may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Software Quality Assurance Lead, an upper-level role, pays $82K.

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


Survey results imply that Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Java, Team Leadership, System Testing, and Regression Testing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Automation Scripting, Agile, and Project Management. Most people skilled in Software Test are similarly competent 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.


Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $67K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $80K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts make a median salary of $86K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $87K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,265

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), Houston (+6 percent), and Charlotte (+6 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Senior Software Quality Assurance Analyst's salary, with Sacramento Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts earning salaries that are 20 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (8 percent lower) and Boston (6 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salaries



National Average
$81,000



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

Java
up arrow 10%



Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

SQL
0%

Test Automation
0%

National Average
$81,000





Black Box Testing
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 5%

Agile
up arrow 8%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
41 %
Male
59 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 74%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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