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

A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer earns an average salary of $67,765 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Python and Linux.
Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Total Pay (?
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$47,078 - $95,688
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MEDIAN: $67,764
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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Total Pay (?
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$16.00 - $53.83
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MEDIAN: $28.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$47,078 - $95,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,753  
Profit Sharing
$1,019 - $10,119  
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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$45,088 - $99,818  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 887
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.00 - $53.83  
   
Overtime
$25.53 - $53.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,753  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,019 - $10,119  
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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$45,088 - $99,818  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 887
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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.

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

Pay Difference By Location

Cupertino
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Mountain View
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Sunnyvale
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Palo Alto
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San Francisco
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Raleigh
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Boston
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Portland
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National Average
$69,000
Austin
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Irvine
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San Diego
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Atlanta
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$69,000

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

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C
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Oracle
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$69,000
SQL
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C#
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.NET
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Visual Basic (VB)
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C++
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Microsoft Access
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Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

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: 69% employee benefits None: 9%
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