Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $75K per year. Total incomes of Software Quality Assurance Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $12K from bonuses and close to $24K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $45K and $110K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though the company and geography have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Software Quality Assurance Engineers. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Quality Assurance Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$49,686 - $107,787
$50K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $75,266
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$17.54 - $48.97
$18
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$49
MEDIAN: $29.04
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,686 - $107,787  
   
Bonus
$979 - $12,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,240  
Total Pay (?
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$44,696 - $110,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.54 - $48.97  
   
Overtime
$29.85 - $53.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$979 - $12,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $24,240  
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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$44,696 - $110,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52

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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

  • Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
  • Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.
  • Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
  • Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.

Common Career Paths for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


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Software Quality Assurance Engineers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Software Quality Assurance Manager. The latter position pays an average of $103K annually. Career advancement for the typical Software Quality Assurance Engineer often leads to becoming a Quality Assurance Engineer, or a Test Automation Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Software Quality Assurance Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Cisco Systems Inc, where the average salary comes to $124K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Software Quality Assurance Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Java, Linux, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and C are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Microsoft Access, SQL, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Java indicates knowledge of SQL.

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

Pay by Experience for a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 60 salaries. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,169

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

San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Engineers, 13 percent higher than the national average. Software Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+12 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Palo Alto (+8 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 13 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Irvine and Pittsburgh.

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Key Stats for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲53%

▲19%

▲9%

National Average
$75,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

▲10%

▲6%


C
▲4%



▲2%

Test Planning
▼0%

National Average
$75,000


C++
▼4%

▼4%

C#
▼6%


SQL
▼10%

Microsoft Access
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 16%
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