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

Median pay for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $78K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts making up 52 percent of survey respondents. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
$57,771 - $97,327
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$58K
$78K
$97K
MEDIAN: $77,630
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$27.50 - $59.45
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$57,771 - $97,327  
   
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$0.00 - $9,373  
Profit Sharing
$814 - $3,052  
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$59,663 - $103,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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$27.50 - $59.45  
   
Overtime
$1.67 - $52.49  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,373  
   
Profit Sharing
$814 - $3,052  
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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$59,663 - $103,644  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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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Popular Skills for Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software)


Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Web Software Quality Assurance, SQL, Test Automation, and Regression Testing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Project Management and Black Box Testing. For most people, competency in Software Test indicates knowledge of 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $68K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts make a median salary of $87K. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Seattle (+6 percent). Tampa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Employers in Pittsburgh and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent less).

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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


SQL
up arrow 7%

Test Automation
up arrow 5%

Regression Testing
up arrow 3%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
0%

National Average
$80,000

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Software Test
up arrow 1%

System Testing
up arrow 1%

Black Box Testing
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
8%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 13%