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

Pay for Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States is typically around $68K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K each, total incomes of Software Quality Assurance Engineers generally range from $47K to $101K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by the particular city and experience level. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Quality Assurance Engineers. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary (?
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$47,920 - $97,208
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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary (?
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$17.53 - $54.82
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National Salary Data

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$47,920 - $97,208  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,865  
Profit Sharing
$1,016 - $10,357  
Total Pay (?
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$46,812 - $101,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 783
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$0$25$50$75
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$17.53 - $54.82  
   
Overtime
$26.27 - $50.34  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
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$0.00 - $9,865  
   
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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$46,812 - $101,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 91
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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.

Common Career Paths for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

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Software Quality Assurance Engineers may experience if they take an upper-level role like Software Quality Assurance Manager. The position tends to pay $101K annually. Software Quality Assurance Engineers typically move into roles as Quality Assurance Engineers or Software Quality Assurance Leads, and those positions pay $12K more and $11K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Although Apple Computer, Inc heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $111K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $56K to $136K.
Offering a median salary of only $73K, Symantec Corporation pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $55K to $108K is pretty narrow, too. Employees at Cisco Systems Inc can also expect below-average earnings.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Survey results imply that Software Quality Assurance Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Automation, Linux, UNIX, and Java are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 8 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Microsoft Access, HTML, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Java indicates knowledge of Microsoft Word and Linux.

Pay by Experience Level for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

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For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $76K. On average, Software Quality Assurance Engineers make $84K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $90K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work — of those who took the survey, a fair portion land within it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

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Mountain View is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Engineers, 37 percent higher than the national average. San Jose, Seattle, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco also offer top salaries for Software Quality Assurance Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 29 percent, 25 percent, 21 percent, and 13 percent more, respectively. San Diego is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Employers in Austin and Los Angeles also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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$70,000

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

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Java
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$70,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
29%
female alumni
 
Male
71%
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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 9%