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

The average Senior Software Quality Assurance Analyst in the United States earns approximately $78K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts — including $10K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $58K to $102K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts (60 percent) who took the survey are men. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$57,416 - $97,165
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$78K
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MEDIAN: $78,490
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$22.10 - $59.37
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MEDIAN: $41.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,416 - $97,165  
   
Bonus
$1.00 - $9,958  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,966  
Total Pay (?
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$57,653 - $101,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 345
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Hourly Rate
$22.10 - $59.37  
   
Overtime
$31.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1.00 - $9,958  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,966  
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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$57,653 - $101,925  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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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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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 large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Regression Testing, System Testing, and Team Leadership 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. Those proficient in Software Test are, more often than not, 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.


For Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $65K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $81K. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts bring in $86K after working for 10 to 20 years. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $89K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $81,221

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts, Minneapolis offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+9 percent), Atlanta (+9 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Houston (+6 percent). Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in Sacramento bring in salaries that are 24 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Boston and Pittsburgh (6 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salaries

▲9%

▲6%

National Average
$81,000

▼1%

▼20%

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

Java
▲10%



SQL
▲1%

Team Leadership
▲1%

National Average
$81,000






Black Box Testing
▼4%

Project Management
▼5%

Agile
▼8%

Automation Scripting
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
40 %
Male
60 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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