Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary (United States)

A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer earns an average salary of $68,522 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. A skill in Test Automation is associated with high pay for this job.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Total Pay (?
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$48,086 - $97,491
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MEDIAN: $68,521
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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Total Pay (?
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$16.58 - $53.92
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,086 - $97,491  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,931  
Profit Sharing
$1,016 - $10,357  
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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$46,593 - $101,512  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 874
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.58 - $53.92  
   
Overtime
$25.34 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,931  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,016 - $10,357  
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).
)
$46,593 - $101,512  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 Aug 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 874
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Job Description for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Software quality assurance (SQA) engineers are in charge of controlling standards in the software developing process. They carefully plan product specifications and features, and they ensure applications are tested and ship without bugs or technical glitches. Among their main responsibilities, SQA engineers manage software performance and stress-test code to improve reliability. They keep logs of every trial instance for future team reference. Further, they track fixes and adjust development cycle time frame.
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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Tasks
  • Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
  • Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.
  • Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
  • Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Seattle
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Sunnyvale
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Palo Alto
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San Francisco
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Boston
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San Mateo
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National Average
$70,000
Portland
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Austin
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Irvine
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New York
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Atlanta
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$70,000

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

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Java
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Oracle
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C
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National Average
$70,000
C#
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SQL
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.NET
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C++
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Visual Basic (VB)
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HTML
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Microsoft Access
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 9%
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