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

Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $78K annually. In the world of Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $60K and $104K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. 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 54 percent of the field. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The majority of Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,183 - $97,856
(Median)
$58K
$78K
$98K
MEDIAN: $77,718
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$30.91 - $59.45
(Median)
$31
$46
$59
MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,183 - $97,856  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,736  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,463  
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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$59,612 - $103,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 422
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$30.91 - $59.45  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $69.04  
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 - $9,736  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $5,463  
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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$59,612 - $103,935  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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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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Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who transition into an upper level Software Quality Assurance Lead position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Software Quality Assurance Lead makes $81K a year.

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


Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Java, Test Automation, Web Software Quality Assurance, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Automation Scripting, Agile, and Project Management. Those familiar with Software Test also tend to 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $80K. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts bring in $86K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts that is 19 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+13 percent), Phoenix (+11 percent), Charlotte (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Tampa and Chicago.

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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%

Test Automation
up arrow 10%


SQL
up arrow 4%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

System Testing
0%

Regression Testing
0%

National Average
$81,000

Test Planning
up arrow 1%

Software Test
up arrow 1%

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 2%

Black Box Testing
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Agile
up arrow 7%

Automation Scripting
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 50 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
44%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 14%
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