Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

Average Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States make around $71K annually. Cash earnings for Software Quality Assurance Engineers — including $10K in bonuses and $13K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $49K to $107K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The majority of Software Quality Assurance Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. 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. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$48,921 - $102,182
(Median)
$49K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $71,374
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$18.18 - $53.62
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$18
$33
$54
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,921 - $102,182  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,495  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,956  
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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$48,817 - $106,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 739
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.18 - $53.62  
   
Overtime
$24.24 - $51.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,495  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,956  
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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$48,817 - $106,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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 go on to become Software Quality Assurance Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Software Quality Assurance Managers is $103K annually. The most common next step for a Software Quality Assurance Engineer is to become a Quality Assurance Engineer, or a Test Automation Engineer. The former position pays an additional $10K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Cisco Systems Inc offers the most; Software Quality Assurance Engineers earn $124K on average there.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Software Quality Assurance Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Python, Linux, UNIX, and Test Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those proficient in Java are, more often than not, also skilled in Test Automation and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with SQL also know 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.


Software Quality Assurance Engineers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average beginner in this position makes around $66K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $78K. On average, Software Quality Assurance Engineers make $85K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,462

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For those looking to make money, Software Quality Assurance Engineers in Cupertino enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 49 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+35 percent), San Jose (+25 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Sunnyvale (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers pay around 13 percent less in Austin and 10 percent less in Irvine, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Python
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Test Planning
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Selenium Automated Test Tool
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Software Test
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C++
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.NET
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$72,000

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 124 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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