Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salary

Software Quality Assurance Engineers in the United States take home approximately $76K per year on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the company and geographic location. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Software Quality Assurance Engineers are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$51,002 - $110,558
$51K
$76K
$110K
MEDIAN: $76,165
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50%
90%

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$17.57 - $49.75
$18
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MEDIAN: $30.78
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$0$112K
Salary $51,002 - $110,558
Bonus $988 - $12,502
Profit Sharing $4,861
Total Pay (?
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$49,539 - $112,890
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 238
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $17.57 - $49.75
Overtime $30.08 - $52.78
Annual Data $0$112K
Bonus $988 - $12,502
Profit Sharing $4,861
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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$49,539 - $112,890
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 46

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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

  • Develop manual and program automated test software using diverse tools and source documentation.
  • Participate in product design reviews and modify requirements.
  • Document, track, and resolve software bugs or defects with help from the programming team.
  • Design benchmarks, test cases, and testing framework.

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 $103K per year. The most common next step for a Software Quality Assurance Engineer is to become a Quality Assurance Engineer, or a Test Automation Engineer. The former position pays an additional $7K per year on average, and the latter position pays $12K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Those at Cisco Systems Inc can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $124K.

Popular Skills for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Java, Linux, Selenium Automated Test Tool, and C are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Access, SQL, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know Java also know SQL.

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

Pay by Experience for a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 209 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 96 salaries. An experienced Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $89,000 based on 60 salaries. A Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $115,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $76,115

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

For those looking to make money, Software Quality Assurance Engineers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 11 percent above the national average. Software Quality Assurance Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+11 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Palo Alto (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 17 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Irvine and Pittsburgh (15 percent lower and 14 percent lower, respectively).

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer?

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer in Springfield:
"Nope."
Pros: I like everything about my job man.
Cons: I don't dislike anything about my job.

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Key Stats for Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲51%

▲18%

▲8%

National Average
$76,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Software Quality Assurance (SQA) Engineer Salaries

▲8%

▲5%


C
▲3%


▲1%


National Average
$76,000

Test Planning
▼1%


C++
▼5%

▼5%

C#
▼7%


SQL
▼11%

Microsoft Access
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
25 %
Male
75 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
no benefits
None: 16%
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