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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, annual average wages total $70K per year. Total cash compensation to Software Quality Assurance Engineers bottoms out near $48K and approaches $105K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $10K from bonuses and almost $11K from profit sharing. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Male Software Quality Assurance Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$48,199 - $100,757
(Median)
$48K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,156
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$18.00 - $53.48
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$18
$32
$53
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$48,199 - $100,757  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,155  
Profit Sharing
$966 - $11,030  
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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$47,765 - $104,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 743
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.00 - $53.48  
   
Overtime
$24.24 - $51.52  
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 - $10,155  
   
Profit Sharing
$966 - $11,030  
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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$47,765 - $104,888  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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 who transition into a Software Quality Assurance Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $102K per year. It is quite typical for Software Quality Assurance Engineers to transition into roles as Quality Assurance Engineers or Software Quality Assurance Leads, where reported median earnings are $11K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


With a median salary of $107K, Apple Computer, Inc offers Software Quality Assurance Engineers the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $87K and are capped at $135K.

The smallest paychecks can be found at Symantec Corporation — the median salary there is $75K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries varying between $55K and $108K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Software Quality Assurance Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in C, Python, Linux, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 16 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HTML, Microsoft Word, and Visual Basic. Most people skilled in Java are similarly competent in Test Automation and Microsoft Word. Skill sets containing SQL also tend to include Microsoft Word and Test Automation.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Software Quality Assurance Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $64K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $76K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Software Quality Assurance Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $86K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $91K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Engineers that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Cupertino offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Software Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+39 percent), San Jose (+27 percent), Seattle (+24 percent), and Sunnyvale (+18 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Diego (12 percent lower) and Austin (9 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

C
up arrow 16%

Python
up arrow 15%


up arrow 9%

up arrow 7%

Oracle
up arrow 4%

Java
up arrow 3%

National Average
$71,000

.NET
up arrow 2%

C#
up arrow 4%

C++
up arrow 5%

SQL
up arrow 6%


Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 10%


HTML
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 153 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%
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