Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $71K per year on average. Total cash compensation for Software Quality Assurance Engineers runs from $49K to $107K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $10K and profit sharing that can reach almost $13K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Software Quality Assurance Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Making up 71 percent of those who took the survey, male Software Quality Assurance Engineers greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$48,921 - $102,182
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$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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As Software Quality Assurance Engineers transition into upper-level roles such as Software Quality Assurance Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Software Quality Assurance Managers earn $103K on average per year. Software Quality Assurance Engineers typically move into roles as Quality Assurance Engineers or Test Automation Engineers, and those positions pay $10K more and $15K more, respectively.

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Cisco Systems Inc offers the largest salaries in town — $124K on average.

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 Python, Linux, UNIX, and Test Planning are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 15 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SQL Server. Most people who know Java also know Test Automation and Microsoft Word. Skill sets containing SQL also tend to include 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 Software Quality Assurance Engineers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $66K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $78K. Software Quality Assurance Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $85K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $98K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,462

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Engineers that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Cupertino offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Software Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Mountain View (+35 percent), San Jose (+25 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), and Sunnyvale (+19 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Irvine (13 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
$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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