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 $77K 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. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts is high. Men working as Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$58,273 - $97,446
(Median)
$58K
$77K
$97K
MEDIAN: $77,135
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$30.00 - $58.73
(Median)
$30
$46
$59
MEDIAN: $45.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,273 - $97,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,530  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,383  
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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$59,408 - $103,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 465
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$30.00 - $58.73  
   
Overtime
$0.30 - $67.92  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,530  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,383  
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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$59,408 - $103,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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)


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Java, Test Automation, Team Leadership, and Web Software Quality Assurance (QA) are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Automation Scripting, Agile, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Those educated in Software Test tend to be well versed 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $69K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts make a median salary of $86K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 21 percent, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), and Seattle (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Employers also pay below the national average in Tampa and Chicago (6 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 12%


Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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National Average
$80,000

Test Planning
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System Testing
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SQL
up arrow 1%

Regression Testing
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Software Test
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Black Box Testing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Agile
up arrow 6%

Automation Scripting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
45 %
Male
55 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
45%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 13%
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