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

Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts in the United States pull down an average of $78K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts bottoms out near $60K 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts. Men working as Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$58,465 - $97,530
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$58K
$78K
$98K
MEDIAN: $77,501
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$30.41 - $59.68
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MEDIAN: $46.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,465 - $97,530  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,682  
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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$59,853 - $103,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$30.41 - $59.68  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $69.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,682  
   
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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$59,853 - $103,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51

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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 $81K.

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


Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Java, Web Software Quality Assurance, and SQL are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Agile, Project Management, and Black Box Testing. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $80K. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts see a median salary of $86K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $85K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Software Quality Assurance Analysts will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Phoenix (+12 percent), Charlotte (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Chicago, 8 percent below the national average. Workers in Pittsburgh and Tampa earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less).

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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

Test Automation
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Java
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SQL
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Team Leadership
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National Average
$80,000

Test Planning
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System Testing
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Regression Testing
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Quality Assurance / Quality Control
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Software Test
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Black Box Testing
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Project Management
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Agile
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

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: 69% employee benefits None: 13%