Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $78K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts bottoms out near $58K and approaches $102K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. 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 58 percent of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$57,875 - $97,465
(Median)
$58K
$78K
$97K
MEDIAN: $77,603
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$22.52 - $58.68
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$23
$42
$59
MEDIAN: $42.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,875 - $97,465  
   
Bonus
$394.53 - $10,085  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$58,080 - $102,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 398
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.52 - $58.68  
   
Overtime
$41.00  
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
$394.53 - $10,085  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,894  
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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$58,080 - $102,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Test Automation, Regression 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. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $66K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $80K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts make a median salary of $86K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,614

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

Surpassing the national average by 11 percent, Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in Atlanta 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 (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), Houston (+7 percent), and Charlotte (+7 percent). Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in Sacramento earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (10 percent lower) and Columbus (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst (Computer Software) Salaries




National Average
$81,000


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

Java
up arrow 11%

Regression Testing
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Test Automation
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Team Leadership
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System Testing
up arrow 1%

SQL
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Web Software Quality Assurance (QA)
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National Average
$81,000

Software Test
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Test Planning
up arrow 3%

Black Box Testing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Agile
up arrow 7%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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