Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

Average Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States make around $71K per year. Total incomes of Software Quality Assurance Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $48K and $106K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Software Quality Assurance Engineers who answered the questionnnaire. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$48,236 - $101,696
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$48K
$71K
$100K
MEDIAN: $70,674
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$17.99 - $53.57
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$18
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$54
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,236 - $101,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,219  
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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$47,751 - $106,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 746
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.99 - $53.57  
   
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 - $10,219  
   
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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$47,751 - $106,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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Software Quality Assurance Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Software Quality Assurance Manager. The average Software Quality Assurance Manager brings home $102K per year. A common career progression for a Software Quality Assurance Engineer is to become a Quality Assurance Engineer, or a Software Quality Assurance Lead. Compared to Software Quality Assurance Engineers, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Apple Computer, Inc offers the best pay with a median salary of $107K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $87K and maxing out at just $135K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Software Quality Assurance Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in C, Python, Linux, and Test Automation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include HTML, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft SQL Server. For most people, competency in Java indicates knowledge of Test Automation and Microsoft Word. People who know SQL usually 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 Software Quality Assurance Engineers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $76K. For Software Quality Assurance Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $86K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $93K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Software Quality Assurance Engineers that is 48 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 (+39 percent), San Jose (+26 percent), Seattle (+22 percent), and Sunnyvale (+18 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in San Diego (13 percent lower) and Austin (11 percent lower).

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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

C
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Python
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Java
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National Average
$72,000

C++
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.NET
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C#
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SQL
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Software Test
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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 143 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

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: 9%
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