Average Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States make around $75K per year. Total cash compensation for Software Quality Assurance Engineers runs from $48K to $109K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $12K and profit sharing that can reach almost $18K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by experience level, followed by the company and geography. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. 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. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$49,583 - $105,355
$50K
$75K
$110K
MEDIAN: $74,756
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$17.38 - $50.51
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MEDIAN: $31.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,583 - $105,355  
   
Bonus
$962 - $11,887  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,500  
Total Pay (?
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$48,253 - $108,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 317
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.38 - $50.51  
   
Overtime
$21.87 - $48.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$962 - $11,887  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $17,500  
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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$48,253 - $108,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 48

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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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As Software Quality Assurance Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Software Quality Assurance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Software Quality Assurance Managers earn $103K on average per year. Software Quality Assurance Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Quality Assurance Engineers or Test Automation Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Cisco Systems Inc attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $124K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Linux, Java, C, and Python are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SQL, C#, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Java also know SQL.

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

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


Software Quality Assurance Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $68K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $82K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $89K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $115K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,493

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

For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Software Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+12 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Palo Alto (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Irvine and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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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 41 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

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C
up arrow 4%

Python
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
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National Average
$75,000


C# Programming Language
up arrow 3%


C++
up arrow 4%

Oracle
up arrow 4%


C#
up arrow 6%

SQL
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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