Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

Pay for Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $71K annually. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $13K, overall incomes of Software Quality Assurance Engineers spread between $48K and $105K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the specific company. The majority of Software Quality Assurance Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Quality Assurance Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$48,406 - $101,372

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$18.17 - $53.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,406 - $101,372  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,592  
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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$48,082 - $105,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 744
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.17 - $53.57  
   
Overtime
$24.24 - $51.52  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,090  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,592  
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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$48,082 - $105,399  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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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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. 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 $11K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Employees at Apple Computer, Inc enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $107K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $87K and higher ones not far away at only $135K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 seem to negatively impact pay include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SQL Server. Those educated in Java tend to be well versed in Test Automation and Linux. 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.


For many Software Quality Assurance Engineers, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $65K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $77K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $85K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $91K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, Cupertino provides a pay rate that is 50 percent greater than the national average. Software Quality Assurance Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Mountain View (+39 percent), San Jose (+26 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), and Sunnyvale (+19 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 12 percent less in San Diego and 11 percent less in Austin, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%



National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

C
up arrow 17%

Python
up arrow 14%

up arrow 8%


up arrow 7%

Java
up arrow 3%

Selenium Automated Test Tool
up arrow 2%

C++
up arrow 1%

National Average
$72,000

.NET
up arrow 1%

Software Test
up arrow 3%

C#
up arrow 4%

SQL
up arrow 7%



HTML
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 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
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 9%
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