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

SQA Engineers in the United States can expect to earn an average of $69,574 per year. Compensation ranges from $46,812 on the low end to $101,318 per year on the high end. Overall cash income ranges from $47,920 near the bottom to $97,208) near the top; it includes potential earnings of $9,865 from bonuses and $10,357 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by the particular city and tenure. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and most earn vision coverage. Making up 71 percent of the field, male SQA Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction for SQA Engineers is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$47,920 - $97,208
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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  
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$46,812 - $101,318  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 783
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$17.53 - $54.82  
   
Overtime
$26.27 - $50.34  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$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  
PayScale
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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For SQA Engineers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Manager will earn $33K more than someone not as far along in their career. The most common next step for SQA Engineers is moving into roles as Sr. Computer Test Engineers or Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Leads, where they can expect an extra $12,270 or $11,315 per year.

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Apple Computer, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $111,133, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $56K to a high of $136K for base pay.
Employees of Symantec Corporation can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $72,991; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $55K to $108K. Workers at Cisco Systems Inc and Apple Computer, Inc also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field—average earnings for these employers come to $106,820 and $111,133, respectively.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Survey takers working as SQA Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Access, HTML, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Java are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Word and Linux.

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

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In most cases, SQA Engineers can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. Though starting salaries approximate $62K, they climb to $77K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $84K after 10 to 20 years. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior SQA Engineers earning an average of $90K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 18 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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For SQA Engineers, Mountain View provides a pay rate that is 37 percent greater than the national average. San Jose, Seattle, Sunnyvale, and San Francisco also offer top salaries for SQA Engineers. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 29 percent, 25 percent, 21 percent, and 13 percent more, respectively. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 9 percent below the national average. Austin and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -9 percent and -7 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

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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
C#
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Visual Basic (VB)
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Job Satisfaction

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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%
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