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

Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in the United States take home approximately $78K per year on average. Final cash compensation to Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts varies from around $59K to approximately $103K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K and $5K, respectively. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Male Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 53 percent of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$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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Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Software Quality Assurance Lead. Median pay for Software Quality Assurance Leads is $82K.

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


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $69K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $80K. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $85K. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,326

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

Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts will also find cushy salaries in 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. Employers also pay below the national average in 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
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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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