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

Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in the United States take home approximately $77K per year on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts bottoms out near $59K and approaches $104K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men working as Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 55 percent. The majority of Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,333 - $97,582
(Median)
$58K
$77K
$98K
MEDIAN: $77,154
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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
$58,333 - $97,582  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,557  
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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$59,461 - $103,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 458
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 - $9,557  
   
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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$59,461 - $103,581  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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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)


Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. 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 pay less than market rate include Automation Scripting, Agile, and Quality Assurance / Quality Control. Most people who know Software Test also know 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $79K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts make a median salary of $86K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include 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)
up arrow 2%

National Average
$80,000

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

System Testing
up arrow 1%

SQL
up arrow 1%

Software Test
up arrow 2%

Regression Testing
up arrow 2%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 3%

Black Box Testing
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Agile
up arrow 6%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 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: 84% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 13%
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