Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, yearly average wages total $70K annually. In the world of Software Quality Assurance Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $48K and $105K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $11K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Software Quality Assurance Engineers survey respondents are men (70 percent). The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$48,328 - $101,118
(Median)
$48K
$70K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,357
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$18.00 - $53.48
(Median)
$18
$32
$53
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary 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
Salary
$48,328 - $101,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,189  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$47,888 - $105,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 736
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.00 - $53.48  
   
Overtime
$24.24 - $51.52  
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 - $10,189  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $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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$47,888 - $105,329  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | 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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For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, progressing to a Software Quality Assurance Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Software Quality Assurance Manager can earn $102K annually. Career advancement for the typical Software Quality Assurance Engineer often leads to becoming a Quality Assurance Engineer, or a Software Quality Assurance Lead; median salaries in these positions are $11K higher and $10K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Apple Computer, Inc pays the most with a median salary of $107K, though there is little variation overall ($87K to $135K).

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Survey takers working as Software Quality Assurance Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in C, Python, Linux, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 17 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SQL Server. A tool kit that includes SQL also typically contains Microsoft Word and Test Automation. Most people who know Java also know Test Automation and Microsoft Word.

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

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $64K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $85K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


Cupertino is home to an above-average pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Engineers, 49 percent higher than the national average. Software Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+40 percent), San Jose (+27 percent), Seattle (+23 percent), and Sunnyvale (+19 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Atlanta. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Diego (12 percent less) and Austin (10 percent less).

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%



National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

C
up arrow 17%

Python
up arrow 15%


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Java
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National Average
$71,000

.NET
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C#
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C++
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SQL
up arrow 7%

Software Test
up arrow 9%


Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 11%


HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

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%
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