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Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $69K per year on average. In the world of Software Quality Assurance Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $11K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $47K and $103K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Software Quality Assurance Engineers survey respondents are men (72 percent). A large number enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a fair number. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$47,710 - $98,831
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MEDIAN: $68,653
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$17.91 - $54.77
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,710 - $98,831  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,075  
Profit Sharing
$1,016 - $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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$47,032 - $103,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 755
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.91 - $54.77  
   
Overtime
$26.09 - $51.06  
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 - $10,075  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,016 - $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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$47,032 - $103,472  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 92
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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 $101K annually. Software Quality Assurance Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Quality Assurance Engineers or Software Quality Assurance Leads. The median paychecks in those roles are $12K higher and $11K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Although Apple Computer, Inc boasts the highest average salary in town at $109K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $73K or as much as $135K.

For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, below-average salaries can be found at Symantec Corporation; in fact, average earnings are around $75K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($55K versus $108K) is great.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Software Quality Assurance Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Python, Test Automation, and Linux are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SQL Server. 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.


For many Software Quality Assurance Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $63K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $75K. For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Software Quality Assurance Engineers, Mountain View offers exceptional salaries, 37 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+29 percent), Seattle (+26 percent), Sunnyvale (+21 percent), and San Francisco (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in San Diego and Austin (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Python
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C
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Java
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Oracle
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National Average
$70,000

.NET
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C++
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C#
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SQL
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Visual Basic (VB)
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HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 167 votes.

Gender

Female
28 %
Male
72 %

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: 8%